Effectiveness of communication skills training program on marital adjustment in infertile couples

Asadi, M.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p132
Academic Journal
Introduction: Marital adjustment is reduced in an infertile couple. This study aimed to determine the effect of a communication skills training program on marital adjustment in infertile couple referring to the medical centers in Isfahan in 2012. Materials and Methods: This study is a field trial study using control groups in which 32 infertile couples were selected by convenience sampling, and then, were randomly divided into control and training groups. Data were collected before (T1), 1 week after (T2), and 1 month after (T3) the training. In the intervention group, education was conducted in the form of five 3-h sessions, sequentially held with 1 week interval. Locke Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale and Individual Fertility questionnaire were used to collect the data. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistical tests [t-test, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and least significant difference (LSD)] through SPSS version 20. Results: Communication skills training increased the marital adjustment in infertile couple. ANOVA showed that couple's marital adjustment was significantly greater in the intervention group compared to the control group, after training. LSD test showed no significant difference in marital adjustment in T2 and T3. Conclusion: Communication skills can have a significant impact on the marital adjustment of infertile couples, and communication skills training can improve the quality of marital life skills through the counseling sessions conducted with infertile couples.


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