The lived experience of betrayed women after forgiving their husbands

Document Type : Original Article


1 International Aras University

2 Faculty of Psychology and Education. University of Tehran. Tehran. Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Consultancy, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran


This present thesis has studied the causes and relationships of couples in post-pardon situations by examining the lived experience of women's betrayal. The objective is to identify the experience of forgiveness by betraying women. The current investigation is qualitative with a phenomenological approach. A comprehensive interview was performed with the ten women who visited three counseling centers in the 4th District of Tehran during the past year through targeted, accessible sampling. The women who had forgiven their husband's infidelity fulfilled the criteria for participation in this research. Data obtained from the interviewers were analyzed using the 7-step of Collazzi phenomenology method. After exploring the basic structure of the experience of the women interviewed, the significant statements became formulated and the results linked to the selection of twenty semantic units according to their six common points statements such as good quality relationship, women capabilities, stresses, and negative consequences of separation, religious beliefs, pleasant and unpleasant experiences after forgiveness and challenges for improving relationships. Finally, sub-topics were classified under two main themes, the reasons for the forgiveness of spouses and pleasurable experiences after pardon enhancing the quality of the couple's relationships. As a result, we might conclude that awareness of the lived experiences of betraying women and reasons for the forgiveness can assist therapists and counselors in providing more effective services so that their clients to cope with this issue more efficiently.


Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 14 February 2024
  • Receive Date: 27 April 2023
  • Revise Date: 10 January 2024
  • Accept Date: 12 February 2024