Compare the Effectiveness of Positive Thinking Education, and Based on Acceptance and Commitment Treatment on Marital Disaffection, Communication Attributions and Self-Differentiation in People Visiting Behbahan city counseling centers

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Student in Psychology, Department of psychology, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of psychology, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz, Iran

4 Assistant Professor , Department of psychology, Behbahan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Behbahan, Iran


Introductio: The aim of the present study was to compare the effectiveness of Positive Thinking Education, and Based on Acceptance and Commitment Treatment on Marital Disaffection, Communication Attributions and Self-Differentiation in people visiting Behbahan city counseling centers.
Method: The research design was a semi-experimental pre-test and post-test-follow-up experiment with the control group. The sample size of 45 married people from the mentioned community was selected by Judgment sampling method and randomly assigned to tree groups (15 people per group). The research instruments used included the Relationship Attributions Scale (RAM), the Kaiser Marital Disaffection Scale (MDS), and the Skorown Friedlander Differentiation of Self Inventory. The Positive Thinking Education group received 12 sessions, and the Based on Acceptance and Commitment Treatment Group received 10 sessions. Multivariate and Univariate covariance analysis and Benfroni post hoc test were used to analyze the data.
Results: The findings showed that all two postoperative therapeutic approaches had a significant effect on causal and responsible relationship attributions, Marital Disaffection and Self-Differentiation, and led to improvements in experimental groups. a comparative comparison between the two approaches of positive thinking education and based on acceptance and commitment treatment showed that there was a significant difference in the variable of self-differentiation in favor of treatment based on acceptance and commitment. The results of the three approaches were discussed in detail.
Conclusions: positive thinking education and Based on Acceptance and Commitment Treatment improves marital disaffection, causal attribution, responsibility attribution, and self-differentiation in married individuals.


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