The Effectiveness of Bornstein Behavioral-Communication Couple Therapy on Marital Conflicts



Introduction: There are several approaches in couple therapy, which family therapy researchers have been investigating their reliability and efficacy for years. One of these approaches is Bornstein Behavioral-Communication Couple Therapy. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of this therapy on marital conflicts in couples of Ahvaz city.
Method: The population of this research was all couples of Ahvaz city who were replied to researcher's summon for reducing their marital conflicts. The study sample was included 28 couples (56 men and women) who were randomly selected among volunteers with one standard deviation marital conflicts score above the population mean. Participants were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. Inclusion criteria were included: at least 2 years marriage history and having at least one child. All participants were filled the Marital Conflict Questionnaire (MCQ) in a pre-test/post-test design with control group. At first, MCQ was administered on both experimental and control groups. Then the experimental group was received 8 weekly sessions (2 hours) of Bornstein Behavioral-Communication Couple Therapy. Finally, a post-test was administered after therapy sessions on all groups.
Results: An analysis of covariance and multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) were shown that Bornstein behavioral-communication couple therapy reduced the marital conflicts and its components.
Conclusion: Results were shown that Bornstein behavioral-communication couple therapy is an effective therapy for reduction of marital conflicts in couples