The Effects of Using Solution – Focused Group Therapy Procedure on Reduction Mother – Daughter Conflicts in Mothers

Document Type : Original


1 Assistant Professor of counseling, University of AllameTabatabaee, Tehran, Iran

2 PhD student in counseling, University of AllameTabatabaee, Tehran, Iran

3 MA in counseling, University of AllameTabatabaee, Tehran, Iran


Purpose: The way that mother interact with her daughter is effective on her life style, lovemaking and her work, and it is the basis of her communication in the future.In line with many other  related  researches, this study strived to investigate the effects of solution – focused group therapy on reduction mother – daughter conflicts  in mothers.
Method: The research was a quasi experimental one with a pre-test, post-test and group design. The population was selected among  mothers of students from a high school in Tehran were volunteered to participate in group counseling. The Conflict Tactics Scales, has made by  Straus, were accomplished that evaluates reasoning skill, verbal and  violence aggression. 30mothers that their scores were higher than others were selected and  put randomly in experimental and control groups. The independent variable was eight sessions using solution – focused group therapy procedure. The hypotheses were that solution – focused group therapy procedure decrease mother – daughter conflicts in mothers. Co-variance test were used to compare data from groups.
Finding: The results indicated that participating in group counseling lead to increasing reasoning skill and decreasing verbal and  violence aggression in mothers and mean score of conflicts with daughter were decreased (P <0/05).
Conclusion: It can be concluded that solution – focused group therapy can be helpful in reducing mother – daughter conflicts.


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