Effectiveness of relationship enhancement on marital quality of couples

Isanezhad O., Ahmadi S. A., Etemadi O.


  Introduction: This study aimed at investigating the effect of relationship enhancement on improving the marital quality of couples.

  Method: The design of this study is quasi-experimental with pretest, posttest with control group. 36 couples were randomly divided into two groups: experimental group (20 couples) and control group (16 couples). The independent variable was relationship enhancement which was administrated in 8 sessions on the experimental group while there was no treatment for the control group. The research instrument was Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS). The data was analyzed using covariance analysis.

  Results: Relationship enhancement led to improvement of marital quality of couples (p<0.05) and its aspects including marital consensus (p<0. 01), marital satisfaction (p<0.01), and marital cohesion (0.01). According to the results of following up after a month, there was significant difference between experimental and control group regarding the amount of marital quality and its aspects (0.01) and the efficacy of relationship enhancement has remained after a month.

Conclusion: Relationship enhancement skills effectively lead to improvement of marital quality.


Keywords: Relationship Enhancement, Marital Quality, Cohesion, Consensus, Satisfaction

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