Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Student in Counseling, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum Planning, Islamic Azad University, Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran

3 Master's Degree in Family Counseling, Allameh Tabatabai University, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science, Tehran, Iran


Aim: This study aimed to systematically review the effectiveness of Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) on marital adjustment. 
Materials and method: This is a descriptive study, and based on the implementation method, it is considered a systematic review. The statistical population included all articles, studies, projects, and research reports in Persian and English concerning the evaluation and results of the effectiveness of emotion focused therapy on marital compatibility (published in reputable journals).
Results: After reviewing the articles in the databases, 16 studies that met the inclusion criteria were included. The results of data analysis were categorized and presented in the four axes of emotion-focused therapy and the target community, emotion-oriented therapy and the study variables, emotion-focused therapy, educational-therapeutic strategies, considerations, and suggested strategies.
Conclusion: In all studies related to emotion-focused therapy where the main focus of the treatment was marital turmoil, the comparison of adjustment scale scores before and after the treatment of experimental and control groups revealed a significant improvement in marital adjustment.


Main Subjects

  1. Zangeneh Motlaq, S.S. Banijamali, H. Ahadi, H.R. Hatami, Women and Family Cultural-Educational Quarterly, 2016, 11, 49-70. [Google Scholar]
  2. Mousavi, M. Fatehizadeh, R.S. Jazayeri, The effectiveness of couple training based on systematic personality couple therapy model on marital adjustment, Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences Research, 2016, 7, 83.106.
  3. Ziaalhaq, H. Hassanabadi, B.A. Ghanbari Hashemabadi, M. Modares Gharavi, Family Research Quarterly, 2019, 8, 49. [Google Scholar]
  4. Akhwan Bitaqsir, B. Sanai-zaker, S. Navabinejad, F. Valiallah, The effectiveness of emotion focused couple therapy on marital satisfaction and adjustment of couples, Journal of Behavioral Science Research, 2015, 14, 320-334.
  5. A. Makinen, S.M. Johnson, Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 2006, 74, 1055-1064. [Google Scholar]
  6. A. Jolazadeh Esmaili, J. Karimi, K. Goudarzi, M. Asgari, Comparing effectiveness of couple therapy based on acceptance and commitment and emotion focused therapy on depression of incompatible couples, Clinical Psychology Quarterly, 2021, 13, 47-64.
  7. K. Snyder, A.M. Castellani, M.A. Annual Review of Psychology, 2006, 57, 317-344. [crossref], [Google Scholar], [Publisher]
  8. C. Beasley, R. Ager, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 2019, 16, 144-159. [crossref], [Google Scholar], [Publisher]
  9. Sue Johnson. (2019). The application of emotion focused couple therapy. Translated by Farshad Loafpour (2021).
  10. Tie, S. Poulsen, Contemporary Family Therapy, 2013, 35, 557-567. [crossref], [Google Scholar], [Publisher]
  11. M. Johnson, T.L. Campell, A primer for emotionally focused individual therapy (EFIT): Cultivating fitness and growth in everyclient. Routledge, 2021. [crossref], [Google Scholar], [Publisher]
  12. M. Johnson, The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy: Creating connection, 3rd Ed. Routledge, 2020.
  13. Sahebi Bazaz, M. Soudani, M Mehrabizadeh Honarmand, The effectiveness of emotion focused therapy on tolerance of failure and marital adjustment of couples referring to the Consulting Center of Oil Company, 2018
  14. A. Wiebe, S.M. Johnson, Family Process, 2016, 55, 390-407. [crossref], [Google Scholar], [Publisher]
  15. Najafi, A.A. Soleimani, K. Ahmadi, N. Javidi, E. Hosseini Kamkar, F. Pirjavid, Iraninan Journal of Midwifery and Infertility Women, 2013, 17, 8-21. [Google Scholar]
  16. Falahzadeh, B. Sanai-zaker, Determining the effectiveness of emotion focused couple therapy and integrated systemic couple therapy in increasing marital adjustment of couples with attachment injuries, Female Social-Psychological Studies Quarterly, 2019, 10, 87.
  17. Ziaalhaq, H. Hassanabadi, B.A. Ghanbari Hashemabadi, M. Modares Gharavi, Family Research Quarterly, 2019, 8, 49. [Google Scholar]
  18. Sheidan Far, S. Navabinejad, F. Valiallah, Family Psychology Journal, 2016, 4, 75-88. [Google Scholar], [Publisher]
  19. Soltani, J. Molazadeh, M. Mahmoodi, S. Hosseini, Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2013, 82, 461-465. [crossref], [Google Scholar], [Publisher]