Evaluating the Factors Affecting Marital Success with Emphasis on Social Networks in the Rural Areas of Mashhad Metropolis in Northeastern Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Student, Department of Economic Sociology and Development, Qochan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qochan, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Khorasan Razavi Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, Mashhad, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Qochan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qochan, Iran.



Purpose: This study aimed to assess the factors influencing successful marriages, focusing on social networks in the peripheral rural areas of Mashhad city in northeastern Iran.
Methods: This applied study utilized a qualitative-quantitative approach. The research methodology was descriptive-analytical. Data was collected through researcher-made questionnaires. The statistical population consisted of single and married men and women aged 20 to 50 in the rural areas of Mashhad city. Out of 314, subjects were selected using a random sampling method. The sample size was determined using the Alpha Chronbakh coefficient. Data were analyzed using SPSS Software.
Results: The results indicated the effect of the factors, including family environments, friendships, neighborhood relationships, familiarity at engagement ceremonies, workplace environments, and educational institutions, on the success of marriages. Family support, the way and environment of familiarity, age, education, and parents' relationship explained the success in marriage. The mentioned five variables predicted the outcome of pre-marital relationships in rural areas of Mashhad with 89.3% accuracy.
Conclusion: The overall results suggest that the family institution plays a fundamental role in creating social and cultural conditions, making it the most significant player in marriage for children in peripheral rural areas of Mashhad City.


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