BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)
Faculty / School
School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)
Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Date of Award
Date of Submission
Dr. Ayesha Zia, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Saima Bint-e- Saif, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences
SSLA Culminating Experience
The present qualitative study aimed to investigate the significance of friendships and how they affect the mental “well-being” of married women in Karachi, Pakistan. The study attempted to delve deeply into the complex but fascinating dynamics of friendships post-marriage. This required comprehending the interactions between women's friendships and married life that can restrict their friendships owing to socio-cultural issues, including gender roles and societal expectations and norms. Additionally, this study investigated the significance and meaning of mental "well-being". The data analysis of in-depth semi-structured interviews via thematic analysis resulted in the emergence of seven main themes, under which came several sub-themes that highlighted the perspectives of married women in Karachi, Pakistan. These themes included: meaning of friendship, qualities of friendship, significance of friendship, understanding of friendship post-marriage, significance and meaning of mental "well-being", impact of friendships on mental "well-being", and socio-cultural factors and friendships. The results showed that married women shed light on the critical function of friendships as emotional support, coping mechanisms, and factors in mental well-being. The results highlighted that friendships help married women overcome obstacles and cultivate emotional fortitude. The study also highlighted the conflicts between prevailing societal expectations and changing roles post-marriage by illuminating the intricate interplay between socio-cultural factors and friendships. This research was conducted to present a Pakistani perspective relating to the perception and understanding of friendship within the lives of married women in Karachi, Pakistan. There was a lack of studies on this topic in the South Asian context; thus, the current study hopes to contribute to the South Asian literature on friendships and well-being.
Amir, F. (2023). Friendships & well-being: A qualitative study exploring the lives of married women in Karachi, Pakistan (Unpublished undergraduate project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/sslace/236
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