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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 163-167

Effectiveness of acceptance and commitment-based therapy on the physical and psychological marital intimacy of women

Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Khomein Branch, Araak, Iran

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Dr. Akbar Heidari
Islamic Azad University, Khomein Branch, Araak
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jepr.jepr_62_16

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One of the factors influencing the decline in marital happiness is marital boredom. Today, one of the newest therapies to increase intimacy and decrease boredom among couples is acceptance and commitment-based therapy (ACT). In this therapy, instead of cognitive changes, it is tried to increase the person's psychological relation to their thoughts and feelings through mental flexibility. AIM: The main objective of the present study is determining the effectiveness of acceptance and dedication based training on the physical and psychological marital intimacy of women came into the counseling center of military headquarter in Isfahan province. METHOD: This research was a quasi-experimental study with two groups (experimental and control) and it included pre- and post-test stages. The population of the present research comprised women came into the counseling center of military headquarter in Isfahan province in 2015 and the research sample included thirty married women who were selected as the available sample. In this study, the questionnaire of marital intimacy was used to investigate the variables. Cronbach's alpha was used to determine the reliability of the test that was equal to 98.58. RESULTS: The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the mean table. Analysis of the results and standard deviation through covariance analysis using SPSS showed that there was a significant difference between the pre- and post-test scores of the experimental group in comparison with those of the control group (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: The results of this study indicated the effectiveness of ACT on increasing physical and psychological marital intimacy of the subjects. Therefore, the use of acceptance and commitment-based training and therapy along with other mental health trainings are recommended.

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