Friends dating relationship in egypt
47% of the women surveyed described how meeting the needs of their husband was their primary source of marital satisfaction and that their own happiness depended on their ability to do so.
Communal strength represents the degree to which individuals feel responsible for meeting the needs of relationship partners and is likely to vary from one communal relationship to another such that the needs of some relationship partners take priority over the needs of other relationship partners (Mills, Clark, Ford, & Johnson, 2004).Lower communal strength was reported for a best friend than for immediate family members followed by the least communal strength for an acquaintance. This study was designed to compare cultural norms related to communal strength in the U. Estimates are as high as 70% of all couples cohabitating prior to marriage (Hsueh, Morrison, & Doss, 2009; Rhoades, Stanley, & Markman, 2009).Among young adults, cohabitation may be seen as an acceptable way to “try out” a marriage and the couple’s compatibility before a legal commitment is made (Kline et al., 2004), and parents tend to have little influence on the choice of dating and marital partners as well as the timing of marriage.Adult children generally are expected to live independently when they are financially able to do so, and the American norm is for nuclear families to live in separate households, often at great distances from one another (Conger, 1981).In Egypt, men and women are more likely to adhere to traditional gender roles, and men are given significantly greater authority, respect, and freedom of choice than women (Sanders, 1986; Yount & Agree, 2004).Women are expected to focus on meeting the needs of their spouse and family above all else, and their limited sphere of influence and decision making rests largely within the home (Amin & Al-Bassusi, 2004; Yount & Agree, 2004).
Egyptian husbands may forbid their wife to work if her employment is believed to interfere with her responsibilities towards the family (Yount & Agree, 2004).
Participants indicated the communal strength marital partners should feel towards their spouse, mother, and best friend.
In the United States, women reported wives should feel the most communal strength towards their husbands and mothers, but husbands should feel more towards their wives than mothers or best friends.
These findings reflect cultural variation in the perception of ideal communal strength following marriage, and highlight the ways in which expectations related to caregiving may differ between spouses. *Corresponding author at: Department of Psychology, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA 16172, United States.
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For example, although individuals may feel some degree of responsibility for caring for members of both their immediate family (e.g.