Predictors of Family Strength: The Integrated Spiritual-Religious/Resilient Perspective for Understanding the Healthy/Strong Family

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Majid Ghaffari 1 , * , Maryam Fatehizade 2 , Ahmad Ahmadi 3 , Vahid Ghasemi 4 , Iran Baghban 2

1 Department of Counseling, School of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, School of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

3 Professor, Department of Counseling, School of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

4 Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, School of Literature, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

How to Cite: Ghaffari M, Fatehizade M, Ahmadi A, Ghasemi V, Baghban I. Predictors of Family Strength: The Integrated Spiritual-Religious/Resilient Perspective for Understanding the Healthy/Strong Family, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2013 ; 7(2):57-67.

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Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 7 (2); 57-67
Published Online: December 30, 2013
Article Type: Original Article
Received: August 22, 2012
Revised: September 26, 2012
Accepted: April 14, 2013

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Abstract

Objective: The present study aimed to investigate the effects of spiritual well-being and family protective factors on the family strength in a propositional structural model.

Methods: The research population consisted of all the married people of the Isfahan, Iran, in 2012 with preschool-aged children and in the first decade of marriage with at least eight grades of educational level. Three hundred and ninety five voluntary and unpaid participants were selected randomly through multi-stage sampling from seven regions of the city. The instruments used were the Spiritual Well-being Scale, Inventory of Family Protective Factors, and Family Strength Scale. Descriptive statistics and a structural equation modeling analytic approach were used.

Results: The analytic model predicted 82% of the variance of the family strength. The total effect of the spiritual well-being on the family strength was higher compared to the family protective factors. Furthermore, spiritual well-being predicted 43% of the distribution of the family protective factors and had indirect effect on the family strength through the family protective factors (p < 0.001).

Conclusions: The results of this study confirmed the interrelationships among spiritual well-being and family protective factors, and their simultaneous effects on family strength. Family counselors may employ an integrated spiritual-religious/resilient perspective to inform their strength-based work with individuals and their families.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Ghaffari M, Fatehizade M, Ahmadi A, Ghasemi V, Baghban I. Predictors of family strength: The integrated spiritual-religious/resilient perspective for understanding the healthy/strong family. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2013; 7(2): 57-67.

Keywords

Family Protective Factors Family Strength Spiritual Well-being

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