Divorce Ambivalence and Reasons for Divorce in Iran

William J. Doherty, Seyed Mohammad Kalantar, Mahdieh Tarsafi

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This study examined divorce attitudes and reasons for divorce in Iran, a nation experiencing a rapid increase in divorce. Using instruments translated into Farsi with a sample of 230 Iranian spouses filing for divorce, we found a preponderance of common relational reasons for divorce (such as growing apart and not getting enough attention), along with high rates of interpersonal violence reported by wives. Study participants showed considerable rates of divorce ambivalence, along with openness to reconciliation services. The findings were compared with similar studies of the United States spouses in the divorce process. Clinical implications include a careful approach to considering how discernment counseling might be adapted to the cultural situation of Iran, and particularly the special concerns of Iranian women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalFamily process
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 20 2020

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  • Culture
  • Divorce
  • Iran

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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