Cultural perceptions of dating
Attitudes against female participation in the workforce have changed as the harshness of living conditions in Syria demands their involvement.
It can still be considered shameful for a man to earn less than his wife, but female employment is now very valuable to families.
When they do make missteps, parents often strictly reprimand them to correct behaviour.
A child is expected to have the same religious, political and social views as their family.
His opinion typically prevails in an argument; in divorce proceedings, it will be presumed that the children automatically belong to him.
Although older men are the family decision makers, women and younger men engage in a great deal of negotiation and non-confrontational actions to achieve their own goals.
The current Syrian home structure cannot be generalised as many families have been fragmented by conflict and war.
If a person does diverge from social conventions or standards, their relatives may defer and deny the person’s guilt or even ostracise that person from the family.Therefore, people are concerned about dishonouring their family and will often put their family’s reputation before their own needs.One person’s achievement or action can impact the perception of the entire family by others.Children live with their parents until they are married, and children who do not marry remain in their parents’ home.While some young men and women choose their partners, most Syrian marriages are arranged by their families and are preceded by a formal engagement.