Emotional Divorce in the Marital Relationships from wife’s point of view Amongst Emirati Families

An Implementation of Hochschild's Emotional labour Theory

  • Fatima Ahmad algharbawi College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sharjah
  • Mohammed Abdulkareem alhourani College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sharjah
Keywords: Emotional divorce, Emirate family, Emirate Woman, Divorce, spousal relationship


This study aimed at revealing emotional divorce in the UAE family from wife's point of view. Based on the theory of "emotional labour" four dimensions were derived and applied: 1- Emotional divorce indicators 2-Emotional tensions resulting from emotional divorce.3- Women's management of emotional divorce.4- The conditions social requirements that forcing women to keep silent. A purposive sample of 30 women was selected and in deep interview was used. The results showed that there was an emotional divorce among women in the UAE family. This dimension was indicated by the following indicators: absence of husband, lack of family communication, infidelity, lack of emotional touch and romance. These indicators have led to emotional tensions for wives such as: constant screaming and trouble-making, aversion in the relationship in general, the feeling of emotional emptiness and loneliness, the request for divorce and marital infidelity.

Wives have been resorted emotional work to control and deal with the situation through tempering the atmosphere and trying to coax the husband's side with surprises and gifts, complaining to her relatives and relatives. Wives have managed the emotional divorce situation because they are scare to be discredited by social stigma that may results from divorce.


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How to Cite
algharbawi, F., & alhourani, M. (2020). Emotional Divorce in the Marital Relationships from wife’s point of view Amongst Emirati Families. Al-Adab Journal (ISSN: 1994473X), (133), 461-498. https://doi.org/10.31973/aj.v0i133.611