A Systematic Literature Review on Marital Challenges in Malaysia

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Mohd Hatta Othman, Ku Suhaila Ku Johari , Salleh Amat


This study aims to examine the marital challenges in Malaysia using systematic literature review. The purpose of this study is to analyze the three main objectives of the study, include 1) methods and research design of studies related to marital challenges, 2) methods of collecting data of studies related to marital challenges, and 3) the main findings of studies on marital challenges. This study uses a meta-synthesis design and has been systematically analyzed with 21 articles from 2008 to 2021. The results for objective one indicate that 11 studies use qualitative methods using case study design, nine studies use quantitative methods with eight studies using survey and one study using experimental, and one study use mixed methods using case study and survey. The results for the objective two indicate that three methods for data collection are used in the studies on marital challenges involve 10 studies using questionnaire, 10 studies using interview and 5 studies using document analysis. The analysis for objective three on the main findings of studies on marital challenges identify four themes, namely marital satisfaction, marital conflict factors, causes of marital divorce and approaches to addressing marital divorce. For future research, this study suggests conducting an experimental research design and module development related to the marital challenges in Malaysia.

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