The effectiveness of the compassion-focused treatment approach on negative emotions, disturbance tolerance and sexual performance in infertile women

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Psychology, Roudehen Branch, Islamic Azad University, Roudehen, Iran

2 Department of Psychology, Naein Branch, Islamic Azad University, Naein, Iran


Aim: This study was conducted with the aim of determining the effectiveness of the treatment approach focused on compassion on negative emotions, disturbance tolerance and sexual performance in infertile women. Methods: The research method was semi-experimental with a pre-test-post-test design with a control group The research was all infertile women in Isfahan city in 2021. The sample size of the study included 30 infertile women who were selected by available sampling method and according to the study entry and exit criteria. The intervention experimental group received Gilbert's (2009) compassion-focused treatment approach for 12 weekly 90-minute sessions. Questionnaires used in this research include the excitement scale of Mitmansgraber et al. (2009), questionnaire Rossen et al.'s (2000) sexual performance was Simmons and Gaher's (2005) distress tolerance questionnaire. The data were analyzed by analysis of variance with repeated measurements in spss software version 22. Results: The findings showed that in the post-test between the groups tests and evidence in terms of negative overexcitement (F=10.89, P=0.003), disturbance tolerance (F=10.83, P<0.001) and sexual performance (F=8.16, P=0.008) there was a significant difference. In other words, the intervention of the compassion-focused treatment approach improved the level of negative overexcitement, disturbance tolerance and sexual performance in infertile women. Conclusion: According to the findings of the present study, it is possible to propose the intervention of compassion-focused therapy as an effective method to improve negative emotions, disturbance tolerance and sexual performance in infertile women.


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