A comparison study of psychological, family function marital and life satisfactions of polygamous and monogamous women in Jordan

Alean Al-Krenawi, John R. Graham, Fakir Al Gharaibeh

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Abstract

This study surveyed a 2009 convenience sampling of 199 women, 93 of whom were first (or senior) wives in polygamous marriages and 106 were wives in monogamous marriages. We deployed the McMaster Family Assessment Device (FAD), ENRICH marital satisfaction questionnaire, SCL-90 mental health symptoms checklist, Rosenberg self-esteem (SE) scale, and Diener, Emmons, Larsen, and Griffin life satisfaction scale, a basic sociodemographic scale, including attitudes towards polygamy. Women from polygamous families experienced more problems in family functioning, marital relations, and reported low self-esteem, less satisfaction with life, and more somatization, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, hostility, paranoid ideation, psychoticism and their general severity index was higher (GSI). More women in polygamous marriages agreed with the practice of polygamy, as compared to their monogamous counterparts. The conclusion considers implications for mental health practice, policy, and further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-602
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family function
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Mental health
  • Polygamy
  • Self-esteem
  • Women

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