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Malekitabar A, Khodabakhshi-Koolaee A, Falsafinejad M R, Vakili S. Exploring Spouse Selection Concerns among Men with Visual Impairments. JCCNC 2024; 10 (3)
URL: http://jccnc.iums.ac.ir/article-1-567-en.html
1- Department of Counseling, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Khatam University, Tehran, Iran , a.khodabakhshid@khatam.ac.ir
3- Department of Assessment and Measurement, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran
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Background: One of the most important decisions people make in their lifetime is deciding on spouse selection. Spouse selection among blind and visually impaired people is associated with numerous concerns. It is an emotional, social, and sexual need that creates some changes in the lives of blind and visually impaired people. To this end, the present study sought to explore spouse selection concerns among men with visual impairments (VI).
Methods: This study adopted a qualitative-descriptive phenomenological approach. The informants were selected through purposive sampling from among visually impaired men who were members of the Blind and Visually Impaired Association of Iran, Central Province-Arak branch in 2023. The data were collected through 17 semi-structured interviews and were analyzed using Colaizzi’s seven-step data analysis method.   
Results: The analysis of the data showed that the spouse selection in blind and visually impaired men was related to four main themes including “negative feelings and disappointment  in  marriage”, “lack of support and financial resources”, “negative public stigma”, and “need for a mate”.
Conclusion: This study has provided insights into mate selection concerns of visually impaired men in Arak. The lived experiences of blind and partially sighted men about marriage and love presented a real picture of their worries and concerns in choosing a spouse, which can help identify the concerns of this group in society.
Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2023/12/17 | Accepted: 2024/04/20 | Published: 2024/05/21

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