The Effect of Spiritual Therapy on Mental Health of Divorced Women

Document Type : Original


1 Teacher of Payam Noor University, Birm University of Larestan, Lar, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran


Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of spiritual therapy on mental health of divorced women.
Methods: This study wass experimental with experimental and control groups. Statistical population was the divorced women of Lamerd (Iran) who had been invited to enroll in educational courses in Lamerd Counseling Center and Health House. 30 subjects were randomly selected and divided into two groups, the experimental and the control group. The two groups answered Goldberg and Hieler General Health Questionnaire as pretest. Then, the experimental group received 8 sessions of theatre therapy, but the control group received no intervention. In the next step, the two groups answered the posttest, and data was compared via SPSS.
Findings: The results of the analysis showed that spiritual therapy is effective in improving the mental health of divorced women, reducing somatic symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, social dysfunction and depression.
Conclusion: According to the findings, it can be concluded that spiritual therapy is a suitable way for improving mental health of divorced women. Considering the increase of divorce and its psychological aftermaths, we recommend for treatment of divorce psychological aftermaths and other mental problems of divorced women.


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