Document Type : Research Paper
Marital dissatisfaction at both individual and social levels is a significant problem. According to Ellis’s rational-emotive theory in couple therapy, couples' irrational beliefs about their marital relationship, cause problems in their interactions leading to disappointment and eventually marital dissatisfaction. To prevent such disappointment, based on Positive Psychology perspective, learning forgiveness is recommended. Thus, in this research with the aim of helping those who suffer from lack of forgiveness skills, a training program on forgiveness was designed based on Enrigth's theory of forgiveness. Evaluating this program, initially marital satisfaction of 60 volunteer women was assessed using Enrich Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire. Then, the participants were devided into two groups of control and experiment. The experimental group participated in eight two-hours learning sessions. In addition, both groups' forgiveness skills were assessed three times (before, after, and beyond the program) using an instrument especially constructed for this project. Findings based on Multi Variate Analysis of Covariance (MANCOVA) indicated that the training program helped with the improvement of forgiveness skills and marital satisfaction that lasted beyond the implementation of the program.