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Journal:   NEW THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION   FALL 2006- WINTER 2007 , Volume 2 , Number 3-4; Page(s) 27 To 37.
 
Paper: 

THE ROLE OF SELF-DIFFERENTIATION IN MARITAL RELATIONS

 
 
Author(s):  NAJAF LOUEI F.*
 
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Abstract: 

According to Bowen's theory of systemic family therapy, the extent of spousal differentiation could determine the couples' quality of marital relationships. In the study reported here, it was hypothesized that the extent of self-differentiation is related to the severity of marital conflict. Furthermore, based on Bowen's similarity principle, the similarity of spousal self-differentiation was also tested in relationship to the severity of the spousal conflict. To test these hypotheses, 17 couples were randomly selected from among residents of a university dormitory for married couples. Two questionnaires were utilized to collect the data: the Differentiation of Self Index (DSI) and Barati and Sanai's Marital Conflict Questionnaires (MCQ).
The results show that there is a relation between couples' extent of self-differentiation and the severity of their marital conflict. Among differentiation subscales, emotional reactivity showed a stronger relationship with marital conflict and supported the similarity principle. The findings are discussed further and suggestions given.

 
Keyword(s): DIFFERENTIATION, MARITAL CONFLICT, BOWEN'S SYSTEMIC FAMILY THERAPY
 
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