Monogamous and polygamous Bedouin Arab families and parent-adolescent conflict

Salman Elbedour, Joel M. Hektner, Mohammed Morad, Soleman H. Abu-Bader, Eyad Hallaq, Joav Merrick

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The purpose of this chapter was twofold: 1) to compare whether children from polygamous family structures significantly differ from children from monogamous family structures with regard to the frequency of parent-child conflict and 2) whether children from these two structures employ different patterns of family conflict resolution. To address these questions, a random sample of 212 high school students (60.8% monogamous) completed a self-administered survey. The results of MANOVA showed no significant differences (p > 0.05) between these two structures with regard to the frequency of parent-child conflict. The results also show similar conflict management styles between these two family structures within each of the following five domains (privacy, school and career, money spending, going out and leisure, and physical appearance). This study is unique in that it is the first empirical research to be conducted in the field of conflict resolution among youth and adolescents in polygamous marital structures and therefore, further investigation is needed to replicate these results utilizing different cross-cultural populations practicing polygamy.

Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationBedouin Health
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Israel
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781629482743
ISBN (Print)9781629482712
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine


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