BYS seminar held – "Psychosocial challenges for the future of marriage, family and community in Bosnia and Herzegovina"

On June 24, 2020, Assist. Prof. Dr. Selvira Draganović from the International University of Sarajevo (IUS), held a seminar “Psychosocial challenges for the future of marriage, family and community in Bosnia and Herzegovina” as a part of the Balkan Youth School (BYS). This seminar started with an introduction into local and World number of divorces, which served as rationale for "challenges" and then explanation of the basic terminology like, marriage, family, healthy and functional and unhealthy and dysfunctional family, marital (in)stability and quality and theories of marital stability and quality.

Interactive discussion with participants on factors playing the role marriage and family served as introduction into the next part of seminar in which special attention was dedicated to explaining the role of important challenging psychological and social factors in marital/family stability and quality. Hence, Prof. Draganović explained the role of attachment, personality, locus of control, stress, communication and important socio-demographic variables and their positive and negative role in marriage and family and explanation for marital dissolution and divorce.

Entire seminar was finalized with interactive part again, discussion important insight into the matter as well as tips and hints to improve the quality of intimate/marital and family relationships.



The Balkan Youth School is an educational platform in the humanities, social and religious sciences. The study program is organized through modules, providing basic knowledge of history, human rights, international relations, political theories and issues, socio-political and religious issues, Ottoman history, arts and architecture, genocide studies, leadership and political thought.

The project is being implemented by the Balkan Studies Center of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and supported by The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).