Alexithymia and marital satisfaction: A meta-analysis study

Document Type : Original Article

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1 PhD student, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Mohaghegh Ardabili University, Ardabil, Iran.

2 Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Mohaghegh Ardabili University, Ardabil, Iran.

Abstract

Investigating the role of the personality variable of alexithymia in the marital satisfaction of couples is one of the topics discussed in psychology. Several researches have been done on the relationship between Alexithymia and marital satisfaction, But sometimes their results are inconsistent and contradictory, Therefore the purpose of the current research is to use the meta-analysis method in order to analyze and combine the results of the studies conducted on the relationship between alexithymia and marital satisfaction. In order to perform meta-analysis, among the researches related to the relationship between alexithymia and marital satisfaction that were published in Persian and foreign (English) research journals between 2009 and 2022, 35 studies that were conducted in a descriptive way and the criteria for entering the research were selected and in the next step, the coefficient the effect size has been evaluated using CMA software. The size of the effect or coefficient of alexithymia on marital satisfaction is -0.39 in the random effects model and -0.37 in the fixed effects model , which according to Cohen's interpretation system, this effect is considered above average. The combination of the conducted research shows the negative relationship between alexithymia and marital satisfaction.

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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 11 June 2024
  • Receive Date: 17 August 2023
  • Revise Date: 24 December 2023
  • Accept Date: 29 January 2024