1. The Arab Family Strengths
Most research on families neglects to recognize the positive aspects and attributes of families. The purpose of this study is to identify the attributes of strong Arab families, the challenges their members face, and how they rely on their strengths as individuals, as a unit, and as members of communities, and the wisdom of their cultural and religious beliefs to meet these challenges. This research project will be conducted in Qatar and two other Arab countries.
2. State of the Arab Family: Critical Review
This project is designed to explore and analyze available knowledge on Arab families. It captures major theories, methods and case studies carried out on Arab families over the past century and offers a country by country critical assessment of available material on Arab families. The outcome of this project is valuable to policymakers and researchers of family studies as well as entities focusing on Arab families.
3. Mixed Marriage in Qatar
Although mixed marriages have been studied around the world, very little research has been conducted on mixed marriage in the Arab region. This research project examines main patterns and trends of mixed marriages in Qatar, and explores attitudes of the family and society towards mixed marriage. It also studies the characteristics of those involved in mixed marriage and identifies reasons why Qataris choose to marry out. Additionally, it also studies the patterns of spousal adjustment in a mixed marriage union.
4. Pre and Post Migration Stressors and Marital Relations among Arab Refugee Families in Canada
This research project explores the influence of pre and post-migration stressors and challenges on the dynamics, stability and structure of Arab refugee families in Canada. It also explores the challenges that shape gender roles and parent-child relationships among Arab refugee families in Canada. The study also identifies the facilitators and barriers to adjustment of Arab refugee families in Canada from the service providers’ perspectives.
5. Work-Family Balance
Research on work-family balance aims to promote family wellbeing. This project examines work-family balance and the quality of life for working families, including conflict and its potential impact on work, the level of satisfaction with work and family roles, as well as other issues such as life satisfaction.
6. Exploring the Experiences of Home Caregivers for Elderly People in Qatar
There is no shortage of research on the experiences of family members who care for their elders at home. However, little is known about the experiences of Qatari and non- Qatari caregivers who provide care for older family members in Qatar. This study explores the experiences of caregivers in Qatar, and investigates the stresses and burdens of caregiving, coping strategies of caregivers, and the benefits of caregiving. This project was funded by DIFI in collaboration with the University of Calgary in Qatar.