Happy Marriage: A Qualitative study

Article Title: Happy Marriage: A Qualitative study

Author(s): Maria Fatima and M. Asir Ajmal

Institute(s): Department of Psychology, Government College University, Lahore

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2012, Vol. 10, No. 1, 37-42

Correspondence Address: Maria Fatima, Government College University, Lahore.  Email: deepdesires_26@hotmail.com


The present study is focused on the factors leading to a happily married life. The sample included a married woman drawn from convenient sampling. Semi-structured interview was conducted to investigate her experience of being happily married and what factors she thinks are important to be happily married. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was applied as a research method. Sixteen categories emerged after coding the data were Similarities of Religious Sects, Satisfaction, Compromise, Love, Care, Trust and Understanding, Communication, Age Differences, Sincerity and Respect, Sharing, Forgiveness, Spouse Temperament, Strength through Children, Family Structure, Education and Status, and Positive In-Laws Relations. This study has important implications for married couples and counselors.


Keywords: happiness, marriage, interpretative phenomenological analysis, categories

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