A Study of the Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy on Female frigidity and couple’s Intimacy in Frigid Married Women in Bandar Abbas City


1 Associate Professor of Psychology, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran

3 MA in General Psychology, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran


Purpose: Female Frigidity and couples’ intimacy are important factors which not only influence couples’ mental health but also can affect the stability in the family. In line with many other related researches, this study strived to investigate the efficacy of cognitive – Behavior therapy on the frigidity of the frigid married women and the intimacy among The Couples in Bandar Abbas city. Methods: The research was an experimental one with a pre- test, post– test and a control group design. The population was selected from among the couples, with the wife suffering from alleged frigidity, who referred to clinics and Intervention in Crises and drop in divorce counseling centers in Bandar Abbas city. According to the study’s criteria for entry, 20 couples were randomly selected and assigned to the experimental and control Groups. The experimental group received 8, 90 minute sessions of cognitive – behavioral therapy whereas the control group did not receive any intervention. Data were collected using Couples’ Intimacy and Females Frigidity Questionnaires which were confirmed to be reliable and valid. Data were analyzed using univariate and Multivariate analysis of covariance statistical methods in SPSS software, version 15. Findings: Results revealed that after the cognitive- behavioral intervention, there was a significant difference between the performance of control and experimental groups (P<0/001), and that Cognitive-Behavior Therapy had effects on various aspects of female frigidity and couples’ intimacy, except for physical aspect. The amount of these effects on various aspects was calculated as follows: frigidity 95%, couples’ intimacy 96%, emotional intimacy 87%, Intellectual (rational) intimacy 81%, sexual intimacy 91%, social and recreational intimacy60%, communication (relation) intimacy 92%, religious intimacy 83%, psychological intimacy 92% and totally 86%. Conclusion: It can be concluded that Cognitive –Behavioral Therapy can be helpful in reducing female Frigidity, increasing couples’ intimacy, and finally improving various aspects of couples’ relations and family health


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