Determining the effectiveness of Seligman's parenting style education package on mother-daughter conflicts

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Student in Counseling, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan Branch (Khorasgan), Isfahan, Iran

2 Assistant professor, clinical psychology group, education and psychology department, Islamic Azad university, Isfahan (khorasgan) branch, Isfahan, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Isfahan Islamic Azad University (Khorasgan), Isfahan, Iran



Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the Seligman parenting style training package in reducing mother-daughter conflicts. Method: This study had a pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design with a control group. The statistical population included all mothers with adolescent daughters. The sample consisted of 40 mothers with adolescent daughters who were selected by convenience sampling and randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups. The research tool was the Mother-Daughter Conflict Scale (Yousefi & Sabzevari, 2019), which all participants completed in the pretest and posttest. While the control group received no training, the experimental group received fifteen 60-minute sessions of Seligman parenting style training. Both groups were evaluated before and after the training using the research tool. The collected data were analyzed at descriptive (mean and standard deviation) and inferential (analysis of variance with repeated measurements and Bonferroni post-hoc test) levels using SPSS23 software. Results: The results showed that Seligman parenting style training had a significant effect on reducing mother-daughter conflicts (F=6.00, p<0.01). The Bonferroni post-hoc test also showed a significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores in the experimental group (p<0.01), but no significant difference was found between the posttest and follow-up stages (p>0.05). In addition, no significant difference was found in the control group during the test stages (p>0.05). Conclusion: Therefore, it can be concluded that Seligman parenting style training has a significant effectiveness in reducing mother-child conflicts, and these effects are also stable in the follow-up stage.


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