The effectiveness of spirituality-based group counseling on purpose in life and personal growth in girls of divorced families

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Women Research Center, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

2 M.A. in psychology, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational, Sciences and Research University, Ghazvin, Iran


Introduction: Spirituality therapy means considering peoples spiritual beliefs in the therapy process, which guides them towards transcendental source. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of spirituality-based group counseling on purpose in life and personal growth in girls with divorced parents.
Materials and Methods: In this clinical trial conducted in 2018, 20 girl students of divorced families in Karaj city selected through convenience sampling method and randomly were assigned in the experimental and control groups (10 individuals per each group). Ryff Psychological Wellbeing Questionnaire was used to collect data. The experimental group received spirituality-based group interventions on purpose in life and personal growth for 8 sessions (2 hours per session). At the end of interventions, post-test was administered for the both groups. Analysis of covariance test was used to analyze data by applying SPSS Software program (v. 23). 
Results: The results showed that spirituality-based group counseling had a significant effect on purpose in life and personal growth in girls of divorced families (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: According to the findings, it seems that spiritual intervention is effective to increase purpose in life and personal growth in girls of divorced families. So, spirituality therapy can be used as a primary and/or add-on therapy to increases of psychological well-being in adolescents of divorced families. 


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