The effectiveness of group therapy of emotional schemas on the hope of patients with MS

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Health Psychology, Kish International Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kish Island, Iran

2 Department of Health Psychology, Islamic Azad University of Karaj, Alborz, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Psychology, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran.

4 Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Alborz, Iran


Introduction: Multiple sclerosis is one of the most important debilitating neurological diseases in which the myelin part of the central nervous system is destroyed and causes mental health disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of group therapy of emotional schemas on the level of hope of patients with multiple sclerosis.
Methods: The present research method was quasi-experimental, and the research design was pre-test-post-test-follow-up with a control group. The statistical population included all patients with multiple sclerosis referred to clinics and neurology wards of Shiraz hospitals. Forty patients with multiple sclerosis were randomly divided into experimental and control groups. Omid Schneider questionnaire was completed by both groups before the intervention of emotional schemas on the experimental group, after the intervention and 3 months after the intervention. Analysis of covariance and variance with repeated measures were used to analyze the data.
Results: The results showed that group therapy of emotional schemas had a significant effect on hope in patients with multiple sclerosis and increased their hope and this effect lasted after 3 months (p <0.01).
Conclusion: Based on the findings, it can be concluded that group therapy of emotional schemas can be an effective psychological intervention to increase hope in patients with multiple sclerosis.


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