Document Type : Original Article
M.A. in clinical psychology, Islamic Azad University, Rodehen Branch, Iran
M.A. in General Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Kashan Branch, Iran
M.A. in Clinical Psychologi, Islamic Azad University of Saveh, Saveh, Iran
PhD student of counseling, Islamic Azad University, Branch of (Isfahan) Khorasgan, Isfahan, Iran
Professor, Kharazmi University
Aim: The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of marital life enrichment on the basis of choice theory, on quality of marital relationship and couples' intimacy. Method: This quasi-experimental study was conducted with a pretest-posttest design with one-month follow-up. Among 89 couples who were referred to Yarestan counseling center in the city of Isfahan from October to December 2016. 33 couples who had high scores on the Golombok-Rust’s Inventory of Marital State (1988) and low scores on Walker and Thompson's Intimacy Scale (1983) were selected (N= 15) and randomly seven couples were assigned to an experimental group and eight couples were placed in a control group. The experimental group received six, 60-minute sessions of marital enrichment based on Choice Theory Duba, Graham, Britzman & Minatrea (2009) in three phases. Data were analyzed using repeated ANOVAs. Results: Finding indicated a significant difference between the scores of the two groups in the quality of marital relationship (F= 7.72, P= 0.008) and marital intimacy (F= 27.99, P= 0.001) in post-test and after a one month follow up. Conclusion: Since the level of couples’ intimacy seems to have an effect on the quality of marital life of couples, marital life enrichment treatment based on Choice Theory may improve and increase interactions between couples, hence creating better intimacy between them and improving their marital life quality. Therefore we suggest therapists use this approach in their treatment programs.