Cultural and Psychological Factors Affecting Relationships among Divorcees’ Children in Saudi Arabia

Nouf Khaleed Almuthaffar, Novel Lyndon


This study aims to examine the cultural and psychological factors affecting the relationship of divorcees’ children in Saudi Arabia. The study used the qualitative case study method. Purposive and snowball sampling was used to identify 12 informants. Data were collected face-to-face based on semi-structured interviews. The obtained data were analyzed based on thematic approach and method triangulation was used to validate the data. The study found that children may struggle with their sense of stability and security as well as feelings of humiliation, isolation and grief. Children may also struggle with feelings of guilt or responsibility for their parent's separation and may face challenges in developing healthy relationships. However, the impact of divorce on children in Saudi Arabia can vary depending on the individual circumstances of the family and the level of support available. With appropriate support and intervention, children can learn to cope with the challenges of divorce and move forward in a positive way. Hence, there are no qualitative studies aimed at exploring cultural and psychological factors affecting divorcee children’s relationships in Saudi communities. Hence, the study can be important to the practical aspect as it will aid the policymakers and the body of knowledge in understanding the experiences of divorcee children in communities. Therefore, the novelty of this study contributes to the practice of solving problems of cultural and psychological factors affecting the relations of divorcee children in Saudi Arabia, one of the largest Arab countries.


Keywords: divorce, divorcee, culture, psychological factors, children.



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