The Role of Family Typology on Mental Health, Positive and Negative Emotions, Self-esteem, and Wife Physical Abuse in an Iranian Sample

Khodarahimi, Siamak
January 2013
Journal of Comparative Family Studies;Jan/Feb2013, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p41
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to examine the roles of the cohesive, enmeshed and disengaged families on the mental health, positive and negative emotions, self-esteem and wife abuse in married couples, to investigate relationships between these constructs, and to explore the effects of gender and the level of education on aforesaid variables. Participants included 100 couples that randomly selected from Shiraz city, Iran. A demographic questionnaire and four self-rating measures were used in this study. Resulting data indicated that cohesive families had a significantly lower psychopathology, negative emotions and the wife physical abuse and a higher positive emotions and self-esteem than both enmeshed and disengaged families. Psychopathology factors were positively correlated to negative emotions and wife physical abuse, and they had significantly negative relationships with positive emotions and self-esteem. Results were confirmed the effects of family typology on the mental health. Negative emotions and self-esteem were predicted the wife physical abuse in this sample.


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