Explanation of the mental experiences of Iranian women on the verge of divorce regarding marital conflicts

نوع مقاله : مقاله پژوهشی


1 Ph.D. student, Faculty member of Islamic Azad University of Birjand Branch, Birjand, Iran

2 Assistant professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran

3 Associate professor, Ph.D. in nursing, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran


Introduction: Conflict is an inevitable matter in marital life. Understanding the mental experiences of couples, especially women, of marital conflicts is very important. Therefore, the present study was designed to explain the mental experiences of Iranian women on the verge of divorce from marital conflicts.
Materials and Methods: According to the five-stage Granheim and Landman's approach, a conventional qualitative content analysis was conducted at the Nursing and Midwifery College of Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Iran, 2020-2021. Seventeen women who were selected through purposive sampling entered the study. Data were collected using unstructured and semi-structured interviews. The data analysis process was performed simultaneously and continuously with data collection according to the steps proposed by Granheim and Landman.
Results: Following the data analysis, two main themes emerged. The first theme was conflict clarification, with two main categories reviewing the roles and exploring behaviors' reasons. The second theme was the multifaceted interaction of mental processes, which included three main categories: emotion-based behavior and perceived self-efficacy.
Conclusion: The findings of this study demonstrated the mental effort of women on the verge of divorce to understand and resolve conflicts. These findings emphasized the importance of teaching logical thinking, emotional intelligence skills, and self-efficacy for women.


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