Document Type : Research Article


1 Department of Psychology, Tonekabon Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon, Iran

2 Department of Psychology, Bandar Gaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Bandar Gaz, Iran


Background: One of the most important issues in family psychology that has become more important with social change is marital adjustment. The present study was conducted to predict marital adjustment based on dysfunctional beliefs and self-sacrifice motivations.
Methods: This study was a correlational study and was conducted in 2020. The statistical population of the study included married women in Babolsar city. In the present study, 305 people were selected using the available sampling method and responded to the tools. The scales of marital adjustment, self-sacrifice motivations and dysfunctional beliefs were used to collect data. SPSS software was used to analyze the data and the multiple regression method was used to test the research hypotheses.
Results: The results showed that the variable of dysfunctional beliefs is a negative and significant predictor of marital adjustment (β=-0.50, P=0.001). The approach motive of sacrifice was a positive and significant predictor of marital adjustment (β=0.26, P=0.001). However, the avoidance motive of sacrifice variable was not able to predict the marital adjustment (β=0.14, P=0.178). In addition, the results showed that 31% of the variance of the dependent variable is predicted by independent variables.
Conclusion: The results showed that dysfunctional beliefs and approach motive of sacrifice play a role in marital adjustment. Therefore, implementing intervention programs to strengthen the approach motive of sacrifice and reduce dysfunctional beliefs can help improve marital adjustment.