Developing a Model of Healthy Family Based on Family Specialists’ Opinion (A Qualitative Research)

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1 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran

3 Full professor of counseling, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

4 Associate professor of counseling, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


Purpose: The purpose of the present study was developing a model of healthy family in Iranian culture. Methodology: This qualitative method was performed using a grounded theory. Sixteen family and marriage specialists were examined by purposeful sampling and data was obtained through semi-structured interactive interviews to achieve saturation of information. The software package MAXQDA10 was used for data analysis. Findings: One hundred and six initial codes were obtained from the interviews of family specialists. Using an axial coding and based on topics these codes were then divided into 21 categories. In the third stage, namely selective coding, healthy family was taken as the main or central variable. Conclusion: Awareness of criteria and characteristics of healthy family can help couples, families and family therapists gather more knowledge of what a normal and healthy behaviour is, and thereby move towards healthier families.  


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