The effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy couples' therapy on irrational thoughts and marital adjustment of incompatible couples

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Student in Clinical Psychology, shahed University , Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Psychology, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, Iran

3 M.A. in psychology, Shahed University , Tehran, Iran


This research aimed to investigate the effect of short-term solution-focused couple therapy on irrational thoughts and marital adjustment of incompatible couples. This is a quasi-experimental research with pretest/posttest and control group. The population consisted of all couples visiting Behzisti counseling centers in Rasht between 2019 to 2020. The sample for this study was selected 16 couples and couples who wished to participate in the study were selected using convenience sampling, and randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. The instruments used in this study included Spanier Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) and Irrational Beliefs Test-Ahwaz (4 IBT-A). After random assignment of experimental and control groups, the experimental intervention (solution-focused therapy), was performed on the experimental group for 7 sessions of 90-minute once a week and after completing the training program, posttest was taken from both groups. The results of covariance analysis (univariate) of data showed that the solution-focused training through helping couples remind the days that they were compatible with each other and pointing to their past successful relationships resulted in increasing marital adjustment and also by encouraging them to positive talk, reduced irrational thoughts of couples in experimental group compared with the control group.