The Effectiveness of Retraining Attribution Styles (Cognitive Therapy) on Dimensions of Family Functioning in Divorce Applicant Couples

  •  Hassan Mahmoodabadi    
  •  Fatemeh Bahrami    
  •  Ahmad Ahmadi    
  •  Ozra Etemadi    
  •  Maryam Zadeh    


The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of retraining attribution styles (cognitive therapy) on
dimensions of family functioning in divorce applicant couples. The research design was pre-test and post- test
with control group. 20 couples (40 people) were selected by the purposeful sampling method. They were
randomly assigned into experimental and control groups. The experimental group was exposed to training over 8
weekly 1.5-hr sessions and the control group was in the waiting list. The instrument of this study was Family
Assessment Device (FAD). The collected data was analyzed by a MANOVA, an ANOVA and an
Independent-samples t test. Results showed that training can improve family functioning in couples. The study
suggests that this research can also be applied to clinical and counseling environments to help problematic

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