There has been a growing interest, especially among Emirati organizations concerned with family development, in the rising rates of early divorce in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The purpose of this research is to identify the reasons for early divorce among Emiratis. The authors selected 2,162 Emirati early divorcees who were registered with the Family Development Foundation (FDF) in Abu Dhabi and who received services from the (FDF) between 2012 and 2018. Among those, 200 divorcees agreed to participate in this study. Quantitative data were analyzed using SPSS. Results found that the most common reasons for early divorce were the lack of marital relations, partners’ bad behavior, and domestic violence. Other reasons frequently quoted by the participants included the partner’s personality type, health issues, and the partner’s physical appearance. Findings will offer useful guidelines to the policymakers, service providers, social workers, and experts to improve the national-level family support interventions to prevent early divorce.
Gharaibeh, Fakir Al and Al Ali, Muneera Majed
"The Voices of the Divorced: Reasons for Early Divorce among Emiratis in Abu Dhabi,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
5, Article 23.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss5/23