Prediction of Marital Conflicts Based on Mindfulness in Couples Facing Extra-Marital Relationships Attending Counseling Centers in Fars Province

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Ph.D. in Health Psychology, Graduate of the Comprehensive Course in Psychiatry and Mental Health from the University of Sydney, Australia

2 Master's in psychology, Gachsaran branch, Islamic Azad University, Gachsaran, Iran

3 Master's student in psychology, Garmsar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Garmsar , Iran

4 Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychiatry Resident, Graduate of the Comprehensive Course in Neuropsychiatry from Harvard University, USA

Abstract

One of the challenges that couples are confronted with is extramarital relationships. Today, infidelity is considered one of the main reasons for divorce. Specific psychological and personality problems of individuals can not only lead to marital problems but also contribute to the occurrence of infidelity. Mindfulness plays a significant role in marital relationships and the reduction or exacerbation of marital conflicts. The aim of this study was to predict marital conflicts based on mindfulness in couples facing extramarital relationships. This research is descriptive-correlational. A sample of 200 individuals (150 women and 50 men) of couples facing extramarital relationships attending counseling centers in Fars Province was selected, and they were examined using the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ, 2006) and the Marital Conflict Questionnaire (MCQ, 2000). The inclusion criteria for the study group were the statements of clients and the diagnosis recorded in the diagnostic profile described by the counselor. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods were used to analyze the data. In this study, statistical methods such as Pearson correlation coefficient and multiple regression were used. According to the results obtained, the hypothesis at the subscales of mindfulness, including observing, describing, and acting with awareness, was confirmed. Regression results showed that among the mindfulness subscales, including observing, describing, and acting with awareness (p < 0.05), they could predict marital conflict inversely.  In conclusion, it was found that mindfulness can predict marital conflicts in couples facing extramarital relationships.

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Volume 6, Issue 1
March 2024
Pages 1-13
  • Receive Date: 04 November 2023
  • Revise Date: 17 January 2024
  • Accept Date: 27 February 2024