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Open Access Maced J Med Sci. 2018 May 17;6(5):917-924. doi: 10.3889/oamjms.2018.195. eCollection 2018 May 20.

The Concept of Withdrawal of Divorce Petition Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior: A Qualitative Study.

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Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.
Faculty of Yazd University, Yazd, Iran.
Department of Nursing & Midwifery, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.
Yazd Province Judicial Department of Social and Prevent Crime, Yazd, Iran.



The present study sought to explore the experiences of participants in divorce process according to the theory of planned behaviour.


This qualitative study was conducted using content analysis method. In this research, 27 participants involved in the divorce process were selected. The data were coded, and the qualitative content analysis was performed.


Based on four constructs of the theory of planned behaviour, the subcategories of instrumental attitude were "Divorce as the last solution" and "Divorce as damage for individuals and society". From the perceived behavioural control theme, two subcategories of behavioural control and self-efficacy were drawn; the first subtheme included "Others' meddling in the married life", "Social problems reducing behavioural control power" and "Personality characteristics affecting the behavioural control power"; and the second one included: "Education as a means for developing self-efficacy" and "barriers to self-efficacy". The injunctive norms theme included three subcategories of "Others help to reconcile", "Others meddling and lack of reconciliation", and "Families support to reconcile". The descriptive norms theme was "High divorce rate and misuse of satellite channels and social networks as factors making reconciliation difficult".


It seems that education and counselling, within a predefined framework, such as applied theories, can be useful.


Directed content analysis; Divorce; Theory of planned behaviour

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