Document Type : Original Article
MA of family counseling, Aras Campus, University of Tehran, Iran
Objective The aim of this study was the effectiveness of Image Relationship Therapy on family cohesion and flexibility and happiness of couples with emotional divorce.
Methods The method of the present study is Semi-experimental before and after the experiment with a control group. The statistical population includes all couples in Qom who had an emotional divorce. Using the purposive sampling method, 100 couples were selected and an emotional divorce questionnaire was administered to them. A total of 30 couples were selected to participate in this study and were randomly assigned to two experimental groups (15 couples) and a control group (15 couples). Data collection tools include the Guttman Emotional Divorce Scale, the Olson Family Cohesion Questionnaire, and the Tagrian Couple Happiness Questionnaire. Hendrix Image Relationship training package was performed on the experimental group in 10 sessions of 90 minutes per week. The obtained data were calculated by analysis of covariance with SPSS -22 software and then analyzed by the researcher.
Results The results showed that there was a significant difference between the control and experimental groups (P≤0.05); in other words, Communication Imaging Training increased Cohesion - Family Flexibility and Happiness of couples with emotional divorce.
Conclusion As a result, communication imaging training can be used as an intervention to increase the flexibility and happiness of couples seeking divorce.