Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran, Departments of Reproductive Health

2 Departments of Reproductive Health

3 Medical‑Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


BACKGROUND: Marital satisfaction is a complex of feelings, which includes pleasure, satisfaction,
and pleasure experienced by the husband or wife in all aspects of marriage, and it is an important
part of individual health, especially mental health. This qualitative study was conducted to understand
marital satisfaction using grounded theory on couples.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This qualitative study was implemented using grounded theory based
on Corbin and Strauss, 2008, to investigate the process of marital satisfaction formation among
couples from 2014 to 2016. The sampling was started as purposeful and continued as theoretical. The
data were obtained using semi‑structured interviews. 28 interviews were taken from 25 participants;
MAXQDA software was used to facilitate the organization of classes and subclasses.
RESULTS: The central variable of this study was called “toward a relaxing evolution.” On that
account, the main classes included “supportive companionship” and “responsible love,” and variables
of “personality traits,” “interactive relationships,” “economic status,” “passage of time,” and “present
resources in society” provided the basis for the formation of marital satisfaction.
CONCLUSION: To achieve marital satisfaction, couples should set their family’s ultimate goal toward
achieving a relaxing evolution for the entire family, and they should accompany each other in order
to achieve that goal. This sometimes requires sacrifice and forgiveness to achieve the ultimate goal
of the family.


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