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Shomoossi N, Torkmannejad Sabzevari M, Rad M, Amiri M. The Hidden Side of Students’ Marriage at an Iranian University: A Qualitative Study of Achievements and Barriers. J Research Health 2022; 12 (5) :319-330
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1- Department of English Language, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran.
2- Medical Department, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran.
3- Iranian Research Center on Healthy Aging, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran.
4- General Education Department, School of Medicine, Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Gonabad. General Education Department, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. , mu1amiry@gmail.com
Abstract:   (833 Views)
Background: The celebration of university students’ marriage ceremonies in Iran nearly dates back three decades, but its positive and negative aspects require further reconsideration. This study is intended to explore those aspects in the words of university students who married during their studies at the university.
Methods: In this qualitative study, a qualitative content analysis method was used to evaluate the experiences and perceptions of students. Sixteen university students (8 couples) were selected through purposive sampling and interviewed at Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2016. The participants, who were newly-wed couples with an age range of 18 to 28 years, attended a semi-structured in-depth interview.
Results: The analyzed data emerged as four major categories (and eleven subcategories), including (a) inspirational and prompting factors (membership in the student unions, enhanced opportunity to know peers, attitude change towards marriage on the campus, and peers sharing experiences of marriage on the campus), (b) existence of supportive resources (existence of social support, and existence of economic support for marriage on the campus), (c) barriers and failing marriages (barriers against marriage on the campus and causes of failure), and (d) achievements in marital life (social maturation, enhancing life goals, and maturational development in the married life).
Conclusion: University students’ marriage on campus offers couples a successful married life in the future. Social maturation and development in married life are the fruit of such marriages; however, economic problems and low social and family support are still among the concerns for university students wishing to marry at the university. 
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Type of Study: Orginal Article | Subject: ● Psychosocial Health
Received: 2022/05/29 | Accepted: 2022/08/15 | Published: 2022/08/6

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