The inquiry of lived experience of couple's marital satisfaction with cultural difference
Intercultural marriages are rising due to the growing global connections and mass media, and to consider marital satisfaction is important as the most basic factor in the sustainability and durability of common life in these marriages. So the aim of the present research was studying of lived experiences of couples' marital satisfaction from Kurdish, Arab, and Bakhtiari cultures cultures that was conducted in a qualitative method and using a phenomenological approach. 16 couples (32 people / 16 women and 16 men) with intercultural marriages, were selected by purposive sampling method and voluntary to saturation and were studied using semi-structured interviews. Then data were collected, registered, encoded and classified in fram main and sub theme. By analyzing the participants' experiences, was identified 750 primary codes, 20 subthemes, and 5 main themes, including premarriage processes, perceiving the presence of families, decisions about children, perception of communication and marital dimensions, perception of the general needs of intercultural marriages and perception of the challenges of intercultural marriage. The findings showed that the perception of communication and marital dimensions with sub-themes such as the vital role of support and understanding' spouse, communication and marital facilitating strategies, and the experience of perceiving the differences and similarities in personality was in center of marital satisfaction' experience. This study will have important concepts for family counselors and will be useful in enriching and promoting intercultural couples' relationships.
Journal of Family Counseling & Psychotherapy, Volume:8 Issue:1, 2018
105 - 124
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