the lived experience of mothers about to separate: case study of Isfahan city

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Student, Department of Counseling, Khomeinishahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Khomeinishahr/Isfahan, Iran

2 Associated Professor in Department of Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Khomeinishahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Khomeinishahr/Isfahan, Iran



Although divorce involves all parts of the society, including spouses, children, families and the entire social life cycle, the type of experience of people is different depending on the gender, being in the process, and the degree of their involvement and it may be different for people. Considering the unprecedented growth of divorce and the increase in the number of divorced women, the vulnerability and hiddenness of their lived experiences, the present study aims to study the lived experience of mothers about to separate and explore the meaning of the phenomenon of separation and divorce from their perspective using a qualitative study and phenomenological method. Among women, mothers are about to separate the city of Isfahan. In this research, semi-structured interview technique was used to collect data. In this research, the participants included 15 mothers who were about to leave the city of Isfahan in 1400, and the purposeful sampling method was used, and the data collection and analysis operations were carried out simultaneously. According to the analysis and the extracted main and sub-categories, the story of mothers about to separate can be narrated in the form of 5 main themes. The results of this research were organized among 180 thematic sentences of mothers about to separate about their experiences and finally classified into 5 main themes and 15 sub-themes which are subgroups of the main themes. The main themes and sub-themes in this research include communication problems (relationships with children, relationships with spouses), parenting (financial problems of children, defective parenting style, child management), emotional and behavioral problems (emotional and behavioral problems of parents, emotional and behavioral problems children), psychological, social and economic support (family, lack of counseling, economic) and aggravating factors (extramarital affairs, addiction, previous experience of divorce, mental disorders, sexual disorder). What emerges from the results of this research is that mothers on the verge of separation experience emotions that can sometimes overshadow their well-being and mental health. The obtained results emphasize the need for a deeper explanation of the lived experiences of these people by psychologists and therapists and providing therapeutic interventions based on the themes emerging from the present study, with a focus on improving their emotional state.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 29 December 2023
  • Receive Date: 23 June 2023
  • Revise Date: 28 August 2023
  • Accept Date: 29 December 2023