Psychological symptomatology, self-esteem and life satisfactions of women from polygamous and monogamous marriages in Syria

Alean Al-Krenawi, Yaniv Kanat-Maymon

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Abstract

This study is the first to examine and compare the psychological symptomatology, self-esteem and life satisfaction of women in polygamous and monogamous relationships in Syria. A convenience sample of 276 women was studied, of whom 163 were senior wives in polygamous marriages and 113 were wives in monogamous marriages. Findings revealed that senior wives in polygamous marriages experienced lower self-esteem, less life satisfaction and more mental health symptomatology than women in monogamous marriages. Many of the mental health symptoms were different; noteworthy were elevated somatization, depression, hostility and psychoticism. Implications for mental health practice, policy and further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-207
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Life satisfaction
  • mental health
  • monogamy
  • polygamy
  • self-esteem

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