Can deficits in emotional intelligence explain the negative relationship between abandonment schema and marital quality?

O'Connor, Peter and Izadikhah, Zahra and Abedini, Samaneh and Jackson, Chris J. (2018) Can deficits in emotional intelligence explain the negative relationship between abandonment schema and marital quality? Family Relations, 67 (4). pp. 510-522. ISSN 0197-6664

Abstract

Objective: To determine whether the harmful effects of abandonment schema on marital quality can be attributed to low trait emotional intelligence in a sample of Iranian couples.

Background: Research has demonstrated that maladaptive schemas are related to various indicators of marital quality; however, little is known about the mechanisms underlying these relationships. In this study, we use maladaptive schema theory to propose that the harmful effects of abandonment schema on marital quality can be attributed to low trait emotional intelligence.

Method: Data were collected from a sample of 123 married couples from Iran. Participants completed a series of questionnaires designed to measure maladaptive schemas, trait emotional intelligence, and marital quality. Structural equation modeling was used to assess the hypothesized indirect effect.

Results: Results indicate that abandonment schema is negatively associated with several indicators of marital quality via the mediating effects of trait emotional intelligence.

Conclusion: We conclude that trait emotional intelligence can account for the negative relationships between abandonment schema and spousal ratings of marital satisfaction, communication satisfaction, and conflict resolution satisfaction in a sample of Iranian couples.

Implications: Couple therapists should consider emotion‐focused techniques when treating couples where one or both partners present with abandonment schema.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 02:51
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 01:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotional intelligence, abandonment schema, maladaptive schema, adverse childhood, relationship problem, marriage satisfaction, marital quality, communication, conflict resolution, relationship satisfaction
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/fare.12320
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35679

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