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    Uncovering beliefs embedded in the culture and its implications for practice: the case of Maltese married couples

    Abela, A. and Frosh, Stephen and Dowling, E. (2005) Uncovering beliefs embedded in the culture and its implications for practice: the case of Maltese married couples. Journal of Family Therapy 27 (1), pp. 3-23. ISSN 0163-4445.

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    Abstract

    Given the low incidence of marriage breakdown in Malta, this study investigates the level of marital satisfaction among Maltese couples and how they manage conflict between them. One particular interest in conducting this study has been that of exploring how cultural beliefs shape marital relationships and to what extent Maltese clinicians can rely on the Anglo-American literature in their clinical work with married couples. Three hundred and fifty-four randomly selected couples answered a self-administered questionnaire simultaneously and separately. A number of findings, namely the influence of a child-oriented family in the level of marital satisfaction and the predominance of a constructive style of conflict resolution, differed from those we normally find in the Anglo-American literature. The study addresses the importance of taking into account the cultural context when working with couples. The implications for practice of the various beliefs embedded in the culture are highlighted.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 15:26
    Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 15:26
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19203

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