Efficacy Of Positive Psychotherapy on the Psychological Empowerment and Promotion of Behaviors Health of Female Nurses with Anxiety Symptoms

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph. D Student in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran. Corresponding Author

3 Assistant Professor of Neurophysiology, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran


Introduction and purpose: The workload resulting from the occurrence of multiple couvid-19 virus epidemic and the psychological burden created causes anxiety in nurses. Therefore the present study was conducted to investigate the efficacy of positive psychotherapy on the psychological empowerment and promotion of behaviors health of female nurses with anxiety symptoms.
Methodology: The present study was quasi-experimental with pretest, posttest and control group design and two-month follow-up stage. The statistical population of the present study included the female nurses with anxiety symptoms in the city of Isfahan in the winter quarter of 2020. 33 female nurses with anxiety symptoms were selected through purposive sampling method and were randomly accommodated into experimental and control groups. The experimental group received positive psychotherapy online in 8 sessions of 75 minutes per month. The applied questionnaires in this study included anxiety questionnaire, psychological empowerment and promotion of behaviors health. The data were analyzed through repeated measurement ANOVA and Bonferroni post hoc test.
Findings: The results showed that the Positive psychotherapy has significant effect on the psychological empowerment and promotion of behaviors health of female nurses with anxiety symptoms (p<0.001).
Conclusion: According to the findings of the present study it can be concluded that positive psychotherapy can be used as an efficient treatment to increase psychological empowerment and promotion of behaviors health of female nurses with anxiety symptoms through employing techniques such as a positive outlook on life and teaching optimism and hope for the future.


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