Factors that influence marital intimacy: a qualitative analysis of Iranian married couples

Kamali, Z., Allahyar, N., Ostovar, S., Mansor, S. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. Factors that influence marital intimacy: a qualitative analysis of Iranian married couples. Cogent Psychology, 7: 1771118.

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Abstract

Intimacy is a key factor contributing to marriage satisfaction, marriage quality, marriage stability, and marriage functioning. Despite significant attention on marital intimacy, the focus of most research has either centered on the functions of marital intimacy or aspects of the construct in marriage satisfaction. Factors that influence couple intimacy are largely overlooked. Existing studies mainly have used cross-sectional survey data. Very little exists on intimacy factors in non-western cultures. No previous research has explored intimacy through the lens of intimate couples. Therefore, this qualitative study is an attempt to investigate factors that enhance the marital intimacy of Iranian couples and introduce culture-sensitive factors. Using criterion-based purposive sampling, 14 females and males (i.e., seven intimate couples) were selected to participate in the present study, and the con-sensual qualitative research method was utilized to analyze data from the semi-structured interviews and personal diaries. Results demonstrated that factors enhancing marital intimacy were (i) family, (ii) shared time/length of marital relationship , (iii) reciprocity in self-sacrifice (iv) gratitude (v) new shared activity, (vi)

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cogent Psychology
Creators: Kamali, Z., Allahyar, N., Ostovar, S., Mansor, S. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Cogent OA
Date: 10 July 2020
Volume: 7
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NumberType
10.1080/23311908.2020.1771118DOI
1343276Other
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s). This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Jul 2020 09:10
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 09:10
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40210

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