Effectiveness of training the McMaster model on mindfulness and marital conflicts of couples


Department of Counseling, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Campus, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: This research was conducted with the goal of determining the effectiveness of training the McMaster Model on mindfulness and marital conflicts of couples.Method: In this quasi-experimental method, among those couples who had referred to Iran Social Work Clinic due to marital conflicts during 2014 (70 couples), 20 couples who met the requirements were selected as the research sample on a randomly substitution basis and were placed in two groups (test and witness). The experimental group was trained under the McMaster training model during 10 sessions each 90-120 minutes. The Five-Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) scale and Marital Conflicts Questionnaire (MCQ) were used as the research tool in three stages, namely pretest, posttest and follow-up.Results: The findings of this research showed that there is a significant difference between the marks of test and control groups in immediacy and marital conflicts as compared to control group; i.e., training the McMaster model has increased mindfulness and decreased marital conflicts between the couples and this effect is durable over time.Conclusion: Therefore, considering the research findings, it can be concluded that McMaster modelc an be used as an intervention method by couple therapists and family therapists.Keywords: McMaster Model, Mindfulness, Marital Conflicts

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