- Hope and forgiveness are effective strategies for reducing family conflicts. These are two modern approaches for resolving marital conflicts. Merging hope- and forgiveness-focused interventions can be used to decrease irrational marital beliefs among couples. Divorce is the most common outcome of conflicts among couples, who seek counselling going through the process of divorce.
- The study explores the effects of mixed, hope- and forgiveness-focused interventions on couples filing for divorce in Isfahan, Iran. In hope-focused counselling, it seeks to strengthen relationship of married couples and reduce the rate of divorce. Forgiveness is a curative approach used in marriage therapy, suggested for helping manage the feelings of resentment and anger related to being hurt by separation.
- Results emphasize that hope-oriented interventions had no effect on the total number of interpersonal cognitive distortions in comparison with the control group. A similar pattern was observed in the forgiveness group. In contrast, a comparison of the mixed and control groups revealed significant differences, indicating that mixed interventions were significantly more effective than a non-intervention control period in reducing the two dimensions of interpersonal irrational expectations and misconceptions among divorcing couples.