Relationship between dimensions of Early Maladaptive Schemas and desire for marriage among females and males students at Allameh Tabatabai University

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1 Graduate Student of Family Counseling at Allame Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran


Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate relationship between early maladaptive schema and desire for marriage among male and female university students.
Methods: Students who were enrolled in the 1390-91 at Allame Tabataba’i University were chosen for the present research) 31 male , 89 female). Schema questionnaire, Differentiation of self inventory and Desire for marriage questionnaire were used as instrument in this research. Data was analyzed by using independent samples t. test, Pearson  correlation coefficient and multiple regression.
Findings: Stepwise regression analysis showed that other directedness could explain feedback to marriage. Other directedness and disconnection and rejection could explain desire for marriage.  Disconnection,  rejection and impaired limit explained attitude to  marriage’s consequences. Additionally, Obstacles to marriage explain with impaired autonomy and performance. Other directedness, impaired autonomy and performance could explain the desire for marriage, in two steps. Feedback to marriage was explained  with emotional reactivity and emotional cutoff. Desire for marriage was explained with I-position and emotional cutoff. Lastly,  I-position  explained obstacles to marriage and desire for marriage. 
Conclusion: The findings of this study have shown that early maladaptive schema and differentiation of self could explain desire to marriage in university students. This information can be used in clinical and interventions about marriage and family.


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