Psychosocial Impact of Polygamy in the Middle East
2014, XIII, 180 p.
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Offers a new way of examining polygamous family structure
Introduces a model of intervention with polygamous families
Addresses the psychosocial impact of polygamy on members of polygamous families
Psychosocial Impact of Polygamy in the Middle East is the first scholarly volume to deal with plural marriage in the region in a comprehensive way. Its mixed-method research offers a new template for examining family structures including father-mother, father-children, and mother-children relationships, as well as those between the offspring of different mothers. Detailed findings and excerpts from interviews with family members illustrate the psychological and social toll of polygamy not only on women and children, but also on men. The author's innovative guidelines for therapy give practitioners contextual cultural perspective for working with this population. This unique analysis:
Explores the role of Arab culture and Islam in polygamy.
Discusses the social and economic consequences of polygamous arrangements.
Reviews data from a range of quantitative and qualitative studies.
Includes experiences of study subjects in their own words.
Introduces a model for intervention with polygamous families.
Considers the future of polygamy in the Middle East.
A groundbreaking volume of lasting significance, Psychosocial Impact of Polygamy in the Middle East sets standards in culturally attuned practice and study for social workers as well as researchers and practitioners in family studies and psychology.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Black Muslims - Christianity and Polygamy - Consequences of Polygamy - Familial Structures - Family Functioning - Islam and Polygamy - Polyamorous Relationships - Polygamous Arab Clients - Polygamous Families in the Middle East - Polygamous Muslim Clients - Polygamy and Women's Mental Health - Polygamy in the Middle East - Religion and Polygamy - Short-term Marriages and Polygamy - Social Work Practice with Polygamous Families
Preface.- Polygamy Today.- Context and change: the structure of Arab society.- Polygamy, Islam, and marital justice.- The call for different perspectives: Methodology.- Discussion and Implications.- A proposed model for treatment of polygamous families.- Dealing with polygamous families and changing the rules.