International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology

The Effectiveness of Existential Group Therapy on Social and Emotional Adjustment in Women with Dependent Personality Disorder

Nazanin Sadeghizadeh Sadati, MA

Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran

Bita Hosseini, Ph.D

Allameh Tabatab’I University, Tehran, Iran

Mohammad Hakami, Ph.D

Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran

Niloofar Sadeghizadeh Sadati, MA

Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran

Abstract

This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of existential group therapy on social and emotional adjustment in women with dependent personality disorder. A pretest-posttest design with a 2-month follow-up was used in the study. Thirty female participants were selected through purposive sampling by using the Millon Clinical Multi-axial Inventory-III questionnaire; subsequently, the subjects completed the Bell Adjustment Inventory. Statistical analysis supports the effectiveness of existential group therapy on social and emotional adjustment; moreover, the changes in the treatment group remained stable during the follow-up. 72.1% of the emotional adjustment variance and 48.6% of the social adjustment variance are explainable by existential group therapy.

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