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Masumi Tabar Z, Afsharriniya K, Amiri H, Hosseini S A. Cognitive Therapy on Emotion Regulation and Marital Satisfaction in Maladjusted Women in the First Decade of Marriage. mejds. 2020; 10 :63-63
URL: http://jdisabilstud.org/article-1-1874-en.html
1- Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University
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Background & Objectives: marital conflicts generate psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression in couples and could collapse the marital life. Resolving a couplechr('39')s conflicts depends on their personality traits.  In this regard, cognitive couple therapy uses cognitive and behavioral strategies and life skills training to enhance coupleschr('39') explicit behavior and interaction. This goal is achieved by modifying their thoughts, expectations, interpretations, and responses. In addition to cognitive restructuring, this approach employs various behavioral interventions to enhance coupleschr('39') coping skills. In other words, cognitive couple therapy simultaneously emphasizes the role of cognitive and behavioral processes. It also provides an opportunity for couples to learn the necessary methods to identify and modify their destructive thoughts and behaviors. Subsequently, they could use them when coping with various issues. The present study aimed to determine the effects of cognitive therapy on emotion regulation problems and marital satisfaction in the first decade of marriage.
Methods: This was a quasi–experimental study with a pretest–posttest and a control group design. In total, 30 married individuals who scored lower than the average in the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (Graz, 2004) and Marital Satisfaction (Olson, 1989) were selected as the study samples. Accordingly, they were randomly assigned to two groups of control and cognitive therapy. Then, the experimental group couples participated in ten 120–minute sessions of cognitive therapy. One month after the intervention, the groups completed the posttest questionnaire. The obtained data were analyzed using one–way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Multivariate Analysis of Covariance (MANCOVA) by SPSS.
Results: The present study findings suggested that cognitive therapy increased marital satisfaction (p<0.001) and emotion regulation (p<0.001) in the experimental group.
Conclusion: The collected data revealed that cognitive therapy increased marital satisfaction and emotion regulation and its components in women with marital maladjustment. Therefore, cognitive therapy approach could be used to improve emotion regulation and marital satisfaction among couples and individuals with marital maladjustment in counseling and psychotherapy centers.
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Type of Study: Original Research Article | Subject: Psychology
Received: 2020/01/15 | Accepted: 2020/04/14

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