The Effectiveness of Emotion-Focused Therapy on Positive Interaction and Intimacy of Couples in Tehran

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Psychology, Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran.



Background: Family is the main core of any society and mental health center of individuals. Family is one of the main pillars and main institution of any society and is the main focus of human emotions and intimate relationships among individuals
Objectives: The aim of this study was the effectiveness of emotion-focused therapy on positive interaction and intimacy of couples.
Methods: The present study method was semi-experimental with pre-test and post-test design and follow-up with a control group. The statistical population of the present study consisted of all couples referred to Avin psychology clinic in Tehran in 2019 (between May to August). among whom 30 couples were selected by available sampling and randomly assigned to two experimental groups (15 couples) and control (15 couples). The emotion-focused therapy received the intervention during 11 two-hour sessions (one session per week), while the control group did not receive any intervention during this period. Data were collected using the Communication Patterns Questionnaire and Marital Intimacy Questionnaire and used by multivariate variance analysis with repeated measurement and SPSS.22 software. The significance level in this study was 0.05.
Results: The results showed that emotion-focused therapy improved the positive interaction and intimacy of couples compared to the control group (p <0.05). The effectiveness of emotion-focused therapy continued until follow-up.
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, it can be concluded that emotion-focused therapy is an effective method to increase positive interaction and intimacy in couples.