Predicting Tendency Towards Extramarital Relationships Based on Primary Maladaptive Schemas and Attachment Styles in Women Applying for Divorce

Mohaddese Salehi, Esmaeil Sadri Damirchi, Zahra Akhavi Samarein


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between primary maladaptive schemas and attachment styles with a tendency toward extramarital relationships in women seeking divorce. The present study was a descriptive correlation and regression type in terms of its basic purpose and data collection method. Data analysis in this study was done using correlation coefficient and regression analysis. The current research population was all the women applying for divorce who referred to counseling centers in Ardabil city, out of which 214 people were selected with the help of random sampling method and answered the research questionnaires as the sample group. In the present study, the questionnaire of inclination to extramarital relationships (Drigotas, Safstrom, & Gentilia, 1999), Young's primary maladaptive schemas questionnaire (YSQ-SF) and Collins and Reed's adult attachment styles questionnaire (RAAS) were used to collect information. The findings of this research showed that the three variables of primary maladaptive schemas and attachment styles had a significant relationship with the tendency towards extramarital relationships and together accounted for about 17% of the changes in the tendency towards extramarital relationships of women seeking divorce. explained. These results also showed that primary maladaptive schemas explain about 16%, and attachment styles explain about 9% of changes in extramarital relationship tendencies.

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