The impact of the live-in housemaids intervention in family affairs and in the interactive relationship between couples in the Kuwaiti society

Amer Al-Saleh

Abstract


The aim of the present study is to clarify the effect of the intervention of live-in maids in the family affairs and especially in the interactive relationship between couples whether by revealing respect or by their position in quarrels. The maid is a key factor in the domestic life of the host family; she plays a role in the food preparation and the cleaning, gives medicine to the children, resolves their problems and helps with their homework. The method and methodology for this study was the social survey and stratified random sample application. A questionnaire was used for the current study to collect data from 1,800 families consisting of a husband and a wife who live with the maid in the same house. The statistical package that was used in this study was SPSS for analyzing the collected data applying statistical equations such as the Independent Sample T-test for the two independent samples of the husbands and wives. Additionally, the Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and the Post Hoc Multiple Comparison for Observed Means for comparisons between the averages of arithmetical means of the data of the study were used to investigate the effect of independent variables. The scale for the independent variable related to the maid’s interference in the family affairs included three levels as follows: (a –high intervention b – medium intervention c-absolute no intervention). The purpose was to know the effect of the independent variable on the two dependent variables which are 1 -respect between spouses 2 – fights between spouses). The findings of the study suggest that there is a statistical significance between the feelings of respect between spouses as well as the quarrels between the couple and the live-in maid’s interference in family affairs. Finally, the study recommends that future studies and research shed more light on the various problems with house servants like crimes and theft.

 


Keywords


Fight, housemaid, intervention, respect, spouses.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jass.vol7iss1pp5-25

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