Family triangulation experiences of Turkish young women

Mustafa Alperen Kurşuncu, Ordu University, Şule Baştemur, Ordu University
2019 Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research  
This study aims to explore Turkish young women' family triangulation experiences. The phenomenological research design of the qualitative tradition was utilized. The sample of the study comprised 10 Turkish young women who were selected through convenience sampling. During the data collection, semi-structured interviews were preferred. Data analysis were also conducted via content analysis. Participants reported insufficient problem/conflict solving ability of their parents. Holding a parental
more » ... ole, defending the one parent as participants perceive he/she is weak, and feeling caught in the middle were the factors in relation to mediating pattern. The theme refers to the triangulation pattern that offspring is closer to either of parents than they are to each other. A number of participants described the children and fathers in their own families as scapegoats means a pulled out or outsider position in a triangular relationship. Coalitions were one of the most frequently reported theme and mainly indicated taking sides or alliances between three (offspring and parents). Triangulated children expressed anger, emotionally distant and disappointment toward their parents as they play a mediating role during the conflicts. Only one participant was able to act without dragging into conflicts and maintained a balanced position of triangulation. Moreover, all findings of the current study were briefly discussed in the context of the value of children theme as it is the fact that material/economic expectations of parents sharply decrease, and emotional expectations increase from children in Turkish culture. 318 assessing categories in different times are another condition of trustworthiness. Thus, different parts of the data set were sent to 3 experts in the field and they were asked to analyze it two different times. The analyses of the researchers and the analyses obtained from the experts were compared and it was concluded that the content analyses made by the researchers were appropriate. Results As a result of the data analysis of the semi-structured interview questions directed to the participants, seven themes emerged. These themes are problem/conflict solving ability among parents, mediator role of children during parents' conflict; family members with problems (identified person), coalitions, emotional reactivity, the value of children to parents, and acting without dragging into conflicts Problem/Conflict Solving Ability Among Parents The results revealed that most parents have problem solving problems in their marital relationships. Problem/conflict solving problems was perceived to be directly connected to the communication and anger management skills. Moreover, participants considered the parents' attitudes towards each other as being compliant, reactive, discreet, accusive, and emotionally distant. In their opinion, parents were not able to express feelings and prefer to avoid taking responsibility of marital problems, as one of the participants expressed that:
doi:10.29329/epasr.2019.208.14 fatcat:24nksijg4baahatawt7rooz5v4