Document Type : Research Article (Quantitative)


1 PhD student, Department of Psychology, Science and Research Unit, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Research Sciences Unit, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.



Family life is tied to many dangers that destroyed family life and family health. One of these dangers is marital infidelity, which has many problems and many psychological effects for someone who has been betrayed. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of two therapies, reality therapy and emotionally focused therapy on betrayed women in Tehran. The research design was quasi-experimental with two experimental groups and one control group. The community consisting of all married women who were betrayed and referred to counseling centers of the Behzisty organization of Tehran. A sample of 45 patients was randomly divided into three groups (Experiment 1, Experiment 2 and Control) and each group have 15 patients. The research instruments included marital quality questionnaire (Busby et al., 1995) and Enrich marriage satisfaction (Olson, Fornier, and Drackman, 1989). The statistical results indicated that both experimental groups had a significant difference compared to the control group. The results of multivariate covariance analysis also showed that there is a significant difference between the two groups in Glaser's therapeutic approach and Emotionally focused therapy on dependent variables. The results of the LSD test showed that there was no significant difference between the efficacy of Glaser's therapy and Emotionally focused therapy on marital quality in the post-test, but marital satisfaction score in EFT was higher than Glaser's therapeutic approach. Therefore, both treatments have been effective in increasing the marital quality and marital satisfaction, and emotion-focused therapy has been more effective in marital satisfaction than the Reality therapy.