Volume 25, Issue 4 (Winter 2020)                   IJPCP 2020, 25(4): 384-395 | Back to browse issues page

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Rajabi G, Abbasi G. The Effectiveness of Premarital Counseling Based on a Relationship Education Program on the Idealistic Expectations of Single Young Adults. IJPCP 2020; 25 (4) :384-395
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1- Department of Counseling, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran. , Rajabireza@scu.ac.ir
2- Department of Psychology, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran.
Abstract:   (5013 Views)
Objectives: This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of premarital counseling based on a relationship education program in reducing the idealistic marital expectation in single young adults of Ahvaz city. 
Methods: The is a quasi-experimental study with pretest, posttest, and follow-up design using control group. Thirty two single young adults were voluntarily participated and assigned randomly into intervention group (n=16) and control group (n=16). The data were collected using Jones and Nelson’s Marital Expectation Scale (idealistic expectation subscale) at three stages: pre-test, post-test, and 60-day follow-up. The intervention group received relationship education program in 9 sessions, twice a week for 90 minutes, while the control group received premarital counseling only in one session. Data were analyzed using ANOVA with repeated measures in SPSS v. 21. 
Results: The premarital counseling based on the relationship education program could reduce the idealistic marital expectation in the intervention group from pretest stage to the follow-up stage. 
Conclusion: The relationship education program can be used as a useful and appropriate program in premarital counseling and in reducing the idealistic expectations of marriage in young people.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2019/05/10 | Accepted: 2019/09/18 | Published: 2020/04/18

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