Effectiveness of Schema and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-based Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy on Marital Conflict among Married Women in Social

Ehteram Ghasem-Abadi, Javad Khalatbari, Shohreh Ghorban-Shiroudi, Mohammad-Ali Rahmani



Background and Objective: One of the main issues to be considered in solving couples’ conflicts is the acquisition of communication skills towards each other. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of schema and commitment therapy (not mentioned in Farsi version), compassion-based therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) on marital conflicts among women referred to Social Emergency Services in cities of Tonekabon and Ramsar.

Materials and Methods: This applied research was a methodological perspective of a semi-experimental research project including pre-test and post-test with control group. The statistical population of this study included all women who were referred to Tonekabon and Ramsar Social Emergency Services during spring and summer of 2017. Of the 100 respondents who answered the Marital Conflict Questionnaire, 60 were selected purposefully and randomly assigned into two experimental and control groups. Data were analyzed using SPSS.22 software and multivariate analysis of covariance analysis.

Results: The mean (SD) age of participants was 37.2 (5.5) years. The coordination score of the experimental group varied from 16.5 (3.1) in pre-test to 11.4 (2.7) in post-test; sexual intercourse score 10.8 (4.1) to 6.7 (3.7); emotional reactions score 53.3 (12.3) to 36.2 (11); children’s protection score from 19.8 (4.8) to 24.6 (4.6), score of relationships with the spouse’s relatives 36.2 (6) to 29.9 (6.3); the score for the separating finances from each other 24.2 (4.8) to 18.3 (4.2), P <0.001. The mean (SD) score for subscales of marital conflicts in the control group was not significantly different in pre-test and post-test.

Conclusion: The study showed that the combination of schema therapy, compassion-based therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy reduced marital conflicts.


DOI: http://doi.org/10.22037/ch.v6i2.23231


Schema therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Marital Conflict

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