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Strengthening Marriages in Egypt: Impact of Divorce on Women

Department of Psychology, American University in Cairo; AUC Ave, P.O. Box 74, New Cairo 11835, Egypt
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10010014
Received: 1 December 2019 / Revised: 12 December 2019 / Accepted: 19 December 2019 / Published: 25 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue XVI European Congress of Psychology)
Divorce rates have been increasing around the world, and the Middle East is not immune to this reality. This pilot study investigates the phenomenological experiences of divorce for 20 Egyptian females. The study is qualitative, using in-depth interviews asking 14 questions that address different aspects of struggling marriages and post-divorce life. Five main themes were derived using a conventional approach to content analysis. The themes are: Expectations before marriage, secret life, relational dynamics, mental health, and resilience. Several sub-themes were identified in each category. The themes and subthemes are discussed. What was surprising was that many women experienced a greater sense of resilience and level of empowerment as a result of their post-divorce process. Recommendations for future research are discussed, including a replication of the study with a more stratified sample group and inclusion of men prior to developing any interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: marriage; divorce; mental health; Egypt; Arab families; resilience; stigma; marital expectations; secret lives; counseling marriage; divorce; mental health; Egypt; Arab families; resilience; stigma; marital expectations; secret lives; counseling
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Mendoza, J.E.; Tolba, M.; Saleh, Y. Strengthening Marriages in Egypt: Impact of Divorce on Women. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 14.

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