Mediating the Role of Attachment Styles in Predicting the Relationship between Early Maladaptive Schemas and Marital Satisfaction

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1 Department of Psychology University of Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Psychology Shahid Chamran University, Iran

Abstract

This study has been done to investigate the relationship between early maladaptive schemas with marital satisfaction.Seventy Iranian couples were selected by the random sampling method andcompleted the short form of Young Schema (YSQ), Hazan and Shaver Attachment Style (HSAS) and the Enriching and Nurturing Relationship Issues and Communication and Happiness (ENRICH)Questionnaires. Ambivalent attachment styles had significant associations with marital satisfaction, satisfaction of communication and idealistic distortion. Avoidant attachment styles had a significant association only with marital satisfaction. The ambivalent attachment style acts as a mediator between the first domain of early maladaptive schemasandmarital satisfaction, satisfaction of communication and idealistic distortion.

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