Intergenerational changes in family roles in Middle East and North Africa countries: Perceptions of young educated Arab people
Author(s): Lilyana Angelova, Irina Zinovieva
Промени в семейните роли в страните от Близкия Изток и Северна Африка: перцепции на млади образовани хора
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Psychology
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: MENA countries; Arab family; family roles; intergenerational change.
Summary/Abstract: Families in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been changing in recent decades due to cultural, economic, political and social processes. The aim of this research is to study the changes in the family roles in the region. Family Roles Questionnaire (Georgas et al., 2006) was filled out by 100 individuals from 8 MENA countries, with university education, aged 20-40 years. They evaluated their mothers and fathers roles and their own representation of the role of husband and wife in their (future) family. A comparison within the pairs of father–husband and mother-wife roles revealed significant intergenerational differences. The biggest intergenerational changes are in the expressive role of the man and in his childcare role. The younger generation expects men to provide more emotional support to their wives and children, and to be more active in preserving family relations. In addition, according to our results, men are expected to be involved a lot more in the child rearing practices.
- Issue Year: 20/2017
- Issue No: 3
- Page Range: 15-26
- Page Count: 12
- Language: English