The Role of Family Relationships and Conflict Resolution Styles in Marital Burnout of Couples Seeking a Divorce

Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Psychology, University of Hormozgan Bandar Abbas, Iran

2 Graduate student, Counseling, Hormozgan University, Bandar Abbas, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Persian Gulf University, Bushehr, Iran.


Objective: This paper expounds the role of family relationships and conflict resolution styles in marital burnout of couples seeking a divorce in Minab city.
Methods: This is descriptive and correlational research. The study’s statistical population consists of the total number of married couples in Minab city in 2022 who were applieded for divorce. Using random sampling, 162 people were selected. The participants were asked to fill out the following questionnaires: the Couple Burnout Measure (CBM); The Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory-II (ROCI II), and The Brief Family Relationship Scale (BFRS.
Results: Pearson's correlation coefficient and simultaneous multiple regression were used to analyze the study findings and examine the relationships between research variables. The study results indicated that family relationships and conflict resolution styles are significantly correlated with marital burnout (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: Results analysis indicated that there was a significant relationship between family relationships, conflict resolution styles, and marital burnout highlighting divorce as one of the primary family trauma which brings about disintegration on a personal, familial, and social level. Therefore, the identification of the factors contributing to couples’ dissatisfaction and burnout have high significance since it affords us to take effective measures to prevent divorce and improve couples’ marital life.