Reasons for marriage of educated Bedouin women to Bedouin men with intellectual disability from the point of view of the women

Reasons for marriage of educated Bedouin women to Bedouin men with intellectual disability from the point of view of the women

By: Manor-Binyamini I.
Published in: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
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Description: Background: The aim of this study was to explore how educated Bedouin women perceive the causes and meaning of their mar riages to Bedouin men with intellectual disability (ID). Methods: In-depth semi-structured ethnographic interviews were utilised in data collection from 15 educated Bedouin women who were married to Bedouin men with ID. The interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and then translated into English. Themes were generated using thematic analysis. Results: Six main reasons are presented: the need for independence; age; family and societal pressures; receiving social protection of the husband or man; destiny; and the desire for children. Conclusions: The research findings offer an intra-cultural insight into the reasons for marriages from the point of view of the women. These reasons have a cultural and community basis. These results provide a valuable conceptual understanding of the phenomenon of the marriage of educated Bedouin women to Bedouin men with an ID. © 2018 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability, Inc.

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