n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Marriage and mental health : editorial

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Extracted from text ... editorial Marriage and mental health Some form of marriage has been a feature of human societies throughout history. Typically, the individuals concerned have been expected to make public their new status, and to accept the community's right to demand conformity with rituals and taboos surrounding this social contract. But vast and uncontrolled changes in the nature of marriage are taking place in today's South Africa. The proportion of marriages ending in divorce rises inexorably. Serial marriages have become perhaps almost the norm, and cohabitation outside marriage is widespread. Cohabitators make no social contracts of the type mentioned above. Meanwhile, ..

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