Effectiveness of a Communication Skills Training Protocol on Improving Marital Burnout





Married couples, Marital burnout, Communication skills


Objective: The aim of this research was to investigate marital burnout and to determine the effectiveness of a communication skills training protocol.

Methods: The experimental method employed was a single-subject design with multiple baselines, involving couples seeking counseling at the Raz City Clinic in Shiraz and the Clinic of the General Directorate of Exceptional Education in Fars Province, during the autumn of 2021. Among these couples, three pairs exhibiting the highest levels of marital burnout were selected using a purposive sampling method. The therapeutic program of the communication skills training protocol was conducted by the researcher over 10 sessions, followed by a follow-up in two stages, one month apart. The participants responded to the Marital Burnout Scale at the baseline, post-treatment, and follow-up stages. Data were analyzed using visual analysis methods, the recovery percentage formula, and the reliable change index.

Findings: Findings indicated that the communication skills training protocol enhanced marital quality and reduced marital burnout, with these effects being maintained during the follow-up phase.

Conclusion: The treatment protocol proved to be effective, and couple therapists can utilize these communication skills in their work with couples to reduce marital burnout and enhance marital quality, particularly during the early years of marriage, where it can have a significant impact.


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Yousefi, V., Samani, S., Goudarzi, M., & Goudarzi, M. (2024). Effectiveness of a Communication Skills Training Protocol on Improving Marital Burnout. Applied Family Therapy Journal (AFTJ) , 5(3), 151-158. https://doi.org/10.61838/kman.aftj.5.3.16