|The Concept and Aspects of a Successful Marriage as Stated by Successful Iranian Couples and Experts: A Qualitative Study|
|Farzaneh Zaheri1, Mahrokh Dolatian2, Mohammad Shariati3, Masoomeh Simbar2, Abbas Ebadi4, Seyede Batool Hasanpoor Azghadi5|
|1Clinical Care Research Center, Research Institute for Health Development, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Ir
2Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Nursing Faculty, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
CJMB 2020; 7: 159-169
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Keywords : Marriage, Couples, Qualitative Research
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Objectives: Successful marriage and the strengthening family foundation bring about numerous positive outcomes for both the family and society. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the concept and dimensions of successful marriage from the perspective of successful couples and experts in this field.
Materials and Methods: This qualitative study was done by the conventional content analysis method through the participation of 10 Iranian couples (10 men and 10 women) and 14 experts in related courses to marriage. The research environment was health centers. The couples entered our study after obtaining at least %70 of the score from the ENRICH questionnaire. The sampling was done purposefully and the data were collected using unstructured in-depth interviews and continued until achieving saturation. In the meantime, data analysis was conducted using a conventional content analysis method.
Results: The obtained main concepts from the data were four main themes and ten main categories. The main theme included recognizing and understanding the needs, life skills, personality liberation, along with development and flourishing
Conclusions: For a successful marriage, the couple"s premarital knowledge of each other and their spouse"s family, knowing necessary life skills, as well as recognizing and understanding married life are necessary. Moreover, the couples will acquire the necessary development and flourish to manage married life through achieving positive behavioral qualities including personality liberation. To achieve success in married life, one cannot ignore the role of training in acquiring life skills both before and after the married life.
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