Effectiveness of Behavioral-Cognitive Therapy on Sexual Self-Esteem and Marital Commitment of Couples' with Troubled Relationships

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Saveh Branch, Islamic Azad University ,Saveh , Iran.



Background: Health in families is rooted in sustenance and health of relationships between husbands and wives; and marital relationship is the core of families, disorders of which are threats to family survival. Objectives: The present study was aimed to examine the effectiveness of CBT on sexual self-esteem and marital commitment of couples' with troubled relationships in Tehran in 2017.Material and Methods: It was semi-experimental with a pre-test, post-test design as well as an experiment and a control group. The statistical population of the present research consisted of all couples with troubled relationships in Tehran, who were selected using a convenience sampling method and Cohen table for the sample size , and they were randomly divided into two groups: an experiment group (15 individuals) and a control group (15 individuals).The experiment group received ten 90-minute sessions of group CBT interventions, and the control group remained on a waitlist. The measurement tools of the research included Dobel Naha and Schwarz's sexual self-esteem questionnaire and Adams and Jones' marital commitment questionnaire. The analysis of the data obtained from implementing the questionnaires was done through SPSS-V22 software in two sections: descriptive and inferential .
Results showed that CBT leads to an increase in sexual self-esteem in couples with troubled relationships. Therefore, it can be stated that group CBT is an effective method for improving self-esteem and marital commitment in couples.
Conclusion: It can be stated that CBT helps family members to face problems effectively by resolving conflicts among family members and improving interpersonal relationships