The Impact of Couple Therapy Based on Relationship Enrichment Approach on Couples’ Intimacy and Sexual Function

AUTHORS

Somayye Khazaeian ORCID 1 , Ali Navidian ORCID 2 , Abolfazl Payandeh 3 , Nayereh Niatmoghadam 4 , *

1 Pregnancy Health Research Center, Department of Midwifery, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

2 Pregnancy Health Research Center, Department of Counselling, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

3 Community Nursing Research Center, School of Health, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

4 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

How to Cite: Khazaeian S, Navidian A, Payandeh A, Niatmoghadam N. The Impact of Couple Therapy Based on Relationship Enrichment Approach on Couples’ Intimacy and Sexual Function, Health Scope. 2021 ; In Press(In Press):e111561.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Health Scope: In Press (In Press); e111561
Published Online: May 26, 2021
Article Type: Research Article
Received: November 24, 2020
Revised: March 30, 2021
Accepted: April 24, 2021
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Abstract

Background: Intimacy is one of the basic and psychological needs of couples and is a motivating factor in their sexual participation.

Objective: Determine the impact of couple therapy based on relationship enrichment approach on the intimacy and sexual function of the couples consulting healthcare centers.

Methods: This research was a quasi-experimental study and was performed on 60 couples referring to Comprehensive Health Centers in the southeast of Iran in 2020. The research instruments included a demographic information questionnaire, three standard questionnaires of intimacy and sexual function of men and women. The educational content was implemented only for the intervention group. Data were collected at baseline, 8th week, and 12th week after the intervention. Data analyzed using descriptive statistics and two-factor repeated measures ANOVA using SPSS (ver. 21) software.

Results: The results showed that the intervention had a significant effect on sexual function and intimacy in the intervention group in three time periods (p<0.001). whereas in the control group, no significant difference was observed in the three time periods (p>0.05)

Conclusion: The results showed that Relationship enrichment counseling can increase intimacy and sexual function of couples.

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