The effect of life skills training on marital satisfaction and adjustment of married women in rural areas of Farsan


1 MA in family counseling, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran

2 Professor, Department of Consultation, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran


Purpose: The study aimed to determine the effect of life skills training on marital satisfaction and adjustment of married women in rural areas of Farsan.
Methods: The study was semi experimental. The samples were the women who referred to female affairs on September and October in 2011. The subjects were married women who were voluntary or randomly accidentally selected and assigned in to control and experimental groups. The experimental group was received 9 sessions of life skills training and the control group had no intervention. This was the research hypothesis: life skills training increase marital satisfaction and adjustment.
Findings: The results of covariance analysis showed that there were significantly differences between control and experimental groups after administration of life skills training in marital satisfaction and adjustment and the rate of marital satisfaction and adjustment have been significantly increased in experiment group related to control group in post-test.
Conclusion: The life skills training affect on marital satisfaction and adjustment


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