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

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O'Connor, Peter, Izadikhah, Zahra, 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12320
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Can deficits in emotional intelligence explain the negative relationship between abandonment schema and marital quality?

ERA Journal ID6014
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsO'Connor, Peter (Author), Izadikhah, Zahra (Author), Abedini, Samaneh (Author) and Jackson, Chris J. (Author)
Journal TitleFamily Relations
Journal Citation67 (4), pp. 510-522
Number of Pages12
Year2018
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0197-6664
1741-3729
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12320
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/fare.12320
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.

Keywordsemotional intelligence, abandonment schema, maladaptive schema, adverse childhood, relationship problem, marriage satisfaction, marital quality, communication, conflict resolution, relationship satisfaction
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
School of Psychology and Counselling
University of Beheshti, Iran
University of New South Wales
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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