Document Type : Original Article


1 Clinical Research Development Unit, Golestan Hospital, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

2 Chronic Disease Care Research Center, Nursing & Midwifery School, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.




If disloyalty and betrayal occur in a family the betrayed spouse will be damaged more than anybody else causing mental health disorder and loss of their emotional and behavioral balance. This research was carried out to explain the divorce crisis in the betrayed spouses.


This qualitative research was carried out as the content analysis method in Iran, Ahvaz. Data was collected through 18 semi-structured interviews with 14 betrayed participants that were selected through purposeful sampling. The data was analyzed using conventional content analysis approach.


After analyzing the data three main themes and seven subcategories were identified. The themes included divorce issues with the subcategory of "fear of disclosure", divorce push with the subcategory of "moving towards divorce" and divorce inhibitors with the subcategories of "fear of consequences, lack of support, and parent household problems".


The findings indicate that some of the participants in the research hadn't forgiven their spouse after detecting their betrayal and broke up, but some others had to ignore their partner's faults and continue their lives due to some reasons such as the concern to lose their children, fear of loneliness and lack of support. eurther study in this regards recommended.


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