The effectiveness of imago-based couple therapy on improving marital turmoil and quality of life in women affected by marital infidelity

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD student, Department of Educational Sciences and Counseling, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Psychology, Quchan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan, Iran


Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of imago-based couple therapy on improving marital turmoil and quality of life in women affected by marital infidelity. Methods: The present study was applied research and in terms of research method was quasi-experimental research of pre-test-post-test and follow-up research with a control group. The statistical population of the study was all couples affected by marital infidelity who referred to Sabzevar Education Counseling and Psychological Services Complex in 2019-20, of which 14 couples (28 people) were sampled. Available were selected. Data were obtained using the Marital and Communication Disorder Screening Scale (Wiseman et al., 2009) and the Quality-of-Life Questionnaire (WHO, 1996). Imago therapy couple therapy protocol (Hendrix et al., 2005) was performed on the experimental group in eight 90-minute sessions, but the control group remained on the waiting list. Analysis of variance with repeated measures and SPSS software were used to analyze the data. Results: The results showed that between the effectiveness of imago-based couple therapy on the improvement of marital turmoil (F=38.86, p<0.001) and quality of life (F=15.25, p<0.001) in Women affected by marital infidelity There is a significant difference. Conclusion: It can be concluded that Imago-based couple therapy was effective in improving marital turmoil and quality of life in women affected by marital infidelity and this effect continued until the follow-up period.


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