The objective of the current research is to provide a basic framework for understanding the dynamics of Iranian marriage as women acculturate into Western norms and the implications of these experiences for those who work with them in their adjustment process. With the growing population of Iranian immigrants in the United States there is a need to understand the behaviors and values of the Iranian culture and how the culture gets transformed through socialization within the context of North America. It is crucial that a clinician understand the cultural background when working with Iranian couples in order to minimize judgment and pathology.
An interpretative phenomenological methodological approach is used to develop a more complete understanding of the relational and familial dynamics among Iranian American women in their marriages and the evolving meaning of marriage as they acculturate in the North American context. Fourteen participants were targeted to complete face-to-face interviews for the present study. A phenomenological approach was used to group the participants’ descriptions into units of meaning. These units of meaning provided the researcher with clusters of themes describing what makes Iranian marriage successful. The researcher then derived multiple theme clusters from the interview results, which provided descriptions of Iranian women’s experiences and perceptions of marriage as they experience them. The study has important implications for research, theory, and practice with this population.
Marital and Family Therapy
Counseling and Family Sciences
School of Behavioral Health
Fox, Curtis A.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Marriage - Cross-cultural studies; Acculturation; Iranian American Women; Ethnic Groups - Psychology; Cultural Characteristics; Cross-cultural Comparison
Subject - Local
Iranian marriage; Western norms; Couples therapy; Socialization within North American context; Relational and familial dynamics
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Yektafar-Hooshvar, Golnoush, "The Influence of Acculturation on Meanings of Marriage for Iranian-American Women" (2016). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 313.
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