Comparing the Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for pregnant Women to Increase Marital Satisfaction

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1 Assistant Professor, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran

2 Professor, Department of Counseling, Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Family Health Research Center, Valiasr Reproductive Health Research Center, Tehran, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran

5 Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran


Purpose:The aimofthisstudywasto comparecognitive-behavioral therapywithinterpersonal psychotherapyinpregnant women'smaritalsatisfaction.Becausewomen experience physiologicalandpsychologicalchangesinpregnancy, couplesrelationshipischangedaswell asimpact on thehealth of the motherand baby, thecouple'smarital satisfactiondecreases. Methods:Thestudypopulationcomprised allpregnantwomen that were come toValiAsr Reproductive HealthResearch Center. For sample selection, available samplingmethodwas used. Thentheset ofselected 36 subjectrandomly, assignedto3 groups(CBT, IPT and control group). GroupCBTandIPTwererunin8sessions weekly. To collectdatademographic inventoryandMarital SatisfactionScale(ENRICH)was used. Results:Since the valueof F calculated for the effect of group (F=18.26) is significant at the 0.01 level, the analysis of the covariance between the three groups indicating that after adjusting for pre-test scores between the post-test there are significant difference. Results of post hoc test indicated that both training methods IPT and CBT, there is no significant difference in post-test scores. But the two methods were statistically compared to the control group at post-test scores showed significant increases in marital satisfaction. Conclusion:It foundfromthis study that bothmethods, despite differences intheirtheoretical andphilosophical foundations, practicalcounselingonmaritalsatisfactionforwomennotmuch different.  


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