Document Type : Original Article


Department of Psychology and Educational Science, Faculty of Humanities, Arak University, Arak,Iran


INTRODUCTION: Marital quality is an important predictor of marital continuity, which can lead to
mental health, well‑being, and happiness for couples, and marital quality is equivalent to marital
satisfaction and adjustment. This study was carried out to purpose the effectiveness of metacognition
therapy on marital quality of women in the city of Isfahan.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The research method was quasi‑experimental with a pretest–posttest
and control group design. The study population included all married women visiting consultation
centers in the city of Isfahan during March 2018–March 2019. The sampling method was nonrandom
voluntary sampling used to select 30 participants who were then randomly divided into experiment
and control groups (15 individuals each). The research tool was the Revised Dyadic Adjustment
Scale(RDAS). The experiment group participated in eight sessions of metacognition therapy, each
lasting 90 min. Covariance analysis method was used to analyze the data via SPSS21.
RESULTS: The result of covariance analysis showed that metacognition therapy has been effective
in improving the marital quality of the women in the city of Isfahan (P < 0.01).
CONCLUSION: The results of this study emphasize that metacognition therapy is effective on the marital
quality of the women in the city of Isfahan. Using this treatment plan can result in improved marital quality
and marital satisfaction and therefore improve the relationship of couples. Therefore, the results of the
current study can provide empirical support for the use of metacognition therapy to improve marital quality.


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