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Mojtaba Habibia, Soheila Malek Mokhtarb, Nikzad Ghanbaric, Roghieh Nooripourd, Ereshteh Motabie

a Assistant Professor & Health Psychologist Family Therapy Department, Family Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

b MSc., Family Research, , Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

c MSc., Psychology, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran

d Department of Counseling, Faculty of Education & Psychology, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

e Family Therapy Department, Family Research Institute,Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran



Introduction: Depression disorder is one of the most common mental disorders. For different reasons, women are more vulnerable to depression than men. The aim of present study was to investigate the relationship between marital maladjustment and depression in women, by considering self-silencing as mediator variable. Methods: To reach this aim, 151 married women through available and purposeful sampling were selected and participated in this study. All participants were asked to complete the Beck Depression Questionnaire (BDI-II), Jack Silencing Self Scale (STSS) and Spanier Marital Adjustment Questionnaire (DAS). Data were analyzed by Structural Equations Modeling (SEM) and LISREL software. Results: findings demonstrated that there was significant positive correlation between women depression symptoms and marital maladjustment. Marital maladjustment directly influences women depression and it also indirectly through mediator self-silencing variable leads to depression in women. Conclusion: Considering the importance of women depression and its effects on marital life, recognizing factors effective in depression symptoms appearance and way of coping women with marital problems can lead to deeper recognition of women depression to prevent and present suitable therapeutic methods.


Keywords:Women Depression, Self-Silencing, Marital maladjustment.


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