Dating customs in other countries

The family is the most important aspect of life to Syrians.

It is thought to encompass not only the nuclear family unit but also grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Connections with one’s extended family are deeply valued and act as a crucial support system emotionally, financially and socially.

The current Syrian home structure cannot be generalised as many families have been fragmented by conflict and war.

The public dynamic of couples is affected by the strong social expectation that people from opposite genders should not show interest or affection towards one another if anyone else is present.

Therefore, Syrians usually keep their relationships and dating lives very private from family and friends.

People also tend to marry at a young age, with rural and working-class women generally marrying younger than women who are urban and/or more educated.

The family dynamic is patriarchal; the father or oldest male has the most authority in the household and is expected to be financially responsible for the family.

His opinion typically prevails in an argument; in divorce proceedings, it will be presumed that the children automatically belong to him.

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