Sociological Analysis of Divorce in Kurdistan Province: Secondary Analysis of Available Data: from 2006 to 2016)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran



According to published reports, Kurdistan province has experienced positive growth in recent years; Divorce rates have almost quadrupled over the past two decades (from 1996 to 2016), and divorce rates in some of its cities (such as Sanandaj and Saqez) have often been higher than the national average. The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis and explanation of the changes and fluctuations of divorce in Kurdistan province, especially in the last decade (1996-2016). The research method of the present study was documentary and based on the secondary analysis of the census data of the Statistics Center of Iran and the statistical yearbooks of the Record Organization of the Recent Decade (2006-2016). The statistical population of this study was the whole of Kurdistan province, which includes ten cities. Comparison of divorce statistics among the cities of the province shows that the increasing trend of divorce has not gone smoothly and has been accompanied by fundamental fluctuations. Also, divorce in rural areas has been growing exponentially and, like urban areas, has been on the rise. According to the age groups studied, the highest number of divorces registered among women was in the age group of 24-20 years and among men in the age group of 29-25 years. In general, it can be argued that the increasing growth of divorce in this province has led to the transformation of the family institution, which on the one hand has relatively good achievements for members of society (especially women) and on the other hand, social, psychological and psychological damage. There have even been countless economic ones.


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