Effectiveness of Systemic-Behavioral Couple Therapy on Marital Adjustment

Document Type : Original


1 Assistant Professor of Counseling, Islamic Azad University of Sanandaj, Sanandaj, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Counseling, Islamic Azad University of Karaj, Karaj, Iran


Purpose: Family is a healthy Context for development and modification. Its main responsibility is individuation and, however, developing sense of belonging in its members. In fact, each person born and nurture in social matrix of family. It is a unique experiential frame which makes individuals matured and constant. More divorce number among working women arouse sensation about this fact.
Method: So, 16 Couples (n1=8, n2=8; 16 Couples) Volunteered to participate in the program. Participants were assigned into two groups (Experiment and Control groups). Then experimental variable, Systems-Behavioral therapy, presented and at last results were analyzed.
Findings: The result suggests that Systems-Behavioral Couple therapy affects marital maladjustment.
Conclusions: So, Communicational problems can be improved by communicational therapies. This result can be explained according to communication-based approach of systems-behavioral therapies. This statement is congruent with principles of systemic therapies.


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