RESULTS of study of polygamy in Syria where both monogamy and polygamy are practiced:

Low self esteem, paranoid ideation and psychoticism experienced by wives and children of polygamy


Women in polygamous marriages experienced lower self esteem, less life satisfaction, less marital satisfaction and more mental health symptomatology than women in monogamous marriages.
Many of the mental health symptoms were elevated somatization, depression, hostility and psychoticism and their general severity index was higher. First wives were compared with second and third wives in polygamous marriages. Findings indicated that first wives reported on more family problems, less self esteem, more anxiety, more paranoid ideation, and more psychoticism than second and third wives.
Obviously, mentally and/or emotionally traumatized women are not going to be the world’s best mothers.
The amazing list of research on polygamy vs. monogamy much of which is in the Arab world!

According to the Ethnographic Atlas Codebook, of the 1231 societies that were studied, 453 had occasional polygamy, 588 had more frequent polygyny. Specifically, polygamous communities exist in Algeria, Benin, Chad, Congo, Ghana, Togo, Tanzania, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kuwait, and Jordan, among fringe Mormon communities in the United States of America, and indigenous groups in Canada. Moreover, in this era of globalization polygamy is becoming increasingly common in both Europe and North America. Accurate data regarding the scope of polygamy is limited.

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