Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Intimacy From the Inside Out Relationship.Therapy (IFIO) in Improving a Couple's Secure

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD. Student of Counseling, , Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Family Counseling, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.

3 Professor, Department of Family Counseling, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.


Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of IFIO in improving the safe relationship between couples among couples in Dezful. Method: In this study, a single case experimental design of multiple asynchronous baseline was used. The study population included all couples who referred to psychological clinics in Dezful in 1399. The research sample was selected using purposive sampling method. The sample consisted of 4 couples (8 people) referred to these clinics who were considered as insecure couples according to the score of the Safe Communication Questionnaire (BARE). The IFIO protocol was implemented in three phases: baseline, 8-session intervention, and 3 to 1-month follow-up. Subjects answered the BARE Questionnaire and the Intimate Security Questionnaire (ISQ) before treatment, in the middle of treatment, at the end of treatment, and every month after treatment for 3 months. Results: The results of the data using visual drawing method, stable change index (RCI) and recovery percentage formula showed thatIntimacy From the Inside Out therapy (IFIO) has a significant effect on increasing safe communication and emotional security and couples' self-esteem. And the couple were able to maintain the therapeutic effects in the quarterly follow-up. Conclusion: Based on the data, it can be concluded that (IFIO) has been effective in increasing the secure relationship and Emotional Security, Secure to Being self of couples.


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