Lived Experiences of Young Adults From Broken Families on Marital Relationships
AbstractPeople often take for granted the impact of having separated parents on children. Individualsfrom broken homes are highly impressionable and the effects of what they have witnessedduring childhood are conventionally carried with them into adulthood. There have been alimited amount of studies describing the impact of parental separation of young adults’perception on marriage. This study aimed to delve into how parental separation affects youngadults’ perception on marital relationship. Specifically, this study deals with the perception onmarital relationships of young adults from broken families. Also, it explores the outlook onmarital relationships of young adults from broken families after their parents’ separation. Thisstudy used a phenomenological research design to explore young adults’ perception onmarriage. A total of 12 young adults coming from broken families participated in the study toprovide the researchers with information about their thoughts and feelings about marriage. Theresearchers used a semi-structured interview and the collected data were analyzed using theColaizzi’s method. On the perception on marital relationship of young adults from brokenfamilies, four themes emerged, namely: God-centered relationship; couples in love;legalization of a relationship; and foundation of family. The participants defined that perceptionof marital relationships is related to the definition of a healthy relationship between husbandand wife. Furthermore, the factors that affect the outlook of young adults from broken familieswere categorized into four themes: negative experience leading to fear, development of trustissues, poor self-worth, and attachment problems. Here, the participants explained that thenegative outlook on marital relationships is related to the negative experiences, trust issues,poor self-worth, and attachment issues that developed as impact of broken families. Theresearchers recommend that similar studies with a quantitative approach be conducted for thefurther assessment of the dilemma presented by the study. Further research could bring aboutdifferent results especially if done on a large population and different.
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