The first year of family- and couple-initiated marriages of a Turkish sample: A longitudinal investigation

Hortacsu, N
One hundred and thirty Turkish couples were interviewed twice during the first year of marriage. One fifth of the couples were involved in traditional family-initiated marriages and the rest were involved in Western-style couple-initiated marriages. The interviews included questions related to demographic measures, marital functioning, and relationships with social network. Analyses revealed earlier parenthood, greater decision power of women for housework-related decisions, and less frequent interaction with wife's than husband's family during the first months of marriage for family- than for couple-initiated marriages. Similarities such as gender stereotypic division of labour and marital decision making, high degrees of reported emotional involvement with spouse, reports of close feelings for and almost weekly contacts with the families of origin were also found. It was seen that, with time, husbands contributed more to traditional male duties and that the reported frequency of interaction with families and friends decreased. There was some evidence, with respect to interaction with social network, of convergence between the two types of marriage within the first year. The results were discussed in relation to interplay of marital typologies with time and culture.


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N. Hortacsu, “The first year of family- and couple-initiated marriages of a Turkish sample: A longitudinal investigation,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, pp. 29–41, 1999, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: