Predicting couples' sense of happiness based on their differentiation and initial thematic relationshipse

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD student, Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Qom Branch, Qom, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Qom Branch, Qom, Iran


Introduction: The couples' sense of happiness is one of the most important factors that is the prelude to the education of the next generation, the psychological well-being of couples and the independence of individuals. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship and prediction of couple's happiness based on differentiation and initial thematic relationships.
Method: In terms of purpose, it was practical and in terms of data collection method was type 2. The statistical population of the study consisted of couples who lived together for 10 years living under one roof in Tehran. 150 couples (300 people) were selected by convenience sampling method according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria., 1995) and feelings of happiness (Lentz, 2010) responded. Findings were analyzed using Pearson correlation and regression tests.
Results: Pearson's results showed that there was a significant relationship between couple's happiness with their differentiation and their initial thematic relationships (p≤0.001). The results of regression also showed that self-differentiation and initial thematic relationships predicted couple happiness by 69% and 74%, respectively.
Conclusion: Based on their differentiation and initial thematic relationships, one can directly predict the happiness of couples, thus enhancing the differentiation and initial thematic relationships can improve the quality of marital life of couples.


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