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Marital Commitment and Mental Health in Different Patterns of Mate Selection: A Comparison of Modern, Mixed, and Traditional Patterns


Objective: Marital commitments and mental health are the important indicators of marital quality. Considering the

modern and mixed marriage pattern in recent years, compared to the traditional pattern, as well as the increase in divorce rates due to reduced marital commitment, the present study was conducted to compare marital commitment and mental health in various patterns of mate selection among married women.

Method: This cross-sectional study was performed on 160 married women aged 15-49 years in Babol city, Iran, who were selected by convenience sampling from health centers under the auspices of Babol University of Medical Sciences. Data collection tools included the spouse-selecting style, marital commitment (Adams and Jones), and general health questionnaires. Data analysis was performed in SPSS V.25 software, using analysis of variance (ANOVA), and Chi-square tests.

Results: Results showed that the mean score of marital commitment and its three dimensions (commitment to spouse, commitment to marriage and sense of commitment); general health; physical, anxiety and sleep disorders; as well as social function of married women are not significantly different in traditional, mixed and modern marriage patterns. There was a significant difference in the mean score of depression between traditional, mixed and modern marriage patterns. Pairwise, ANOVA revealed that the mean of the depression score was significantly higher in traditional marriage than in the mixed marriage pattern (P = 0.012). Different marriage patterns had statistically significant differences in demographic variables such as age, the place of birth of the wife and the husband, duration of marriage, number of children and the level of education (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: It seems that there is a kind of convergence in marital commitment in various patterns of marriage among married women in Babol city.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijps.v17i4.10691
Commitment Mental Health Marriage Pattern Mate Selection

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Nemati M, Behmanesh F, Kheirkhah F, Geraili Z, Pasha H. Marital Commitment and Mental Health in Different Patterns of Mate Selection: A Comparison of Modern, Mixed, and Traditional Patterns. Iran J Psychiatry. 2022;17(4):418-427.