Effects of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Emotional Intelligence Training on Marital Stability of Maried Women with Breast Cancer in Ibadan Nigeria (Published)
Using a pre-test, post-test control group quasi experimental design with 3x2x2 factorial matrix; this study investigated the effects of cognitive behaviour therapy and emotional intelligence training on marital stability of married women with breast cancer in Ibadan Nigeria. The sample of the study comprised of thirty purposively selected married breast cancer patients receiving treatment in a government owned hospital in Ibadan. The instruments used were: The Locke–Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale (.84.), The Body Image Scale (0.93) and Worry Interference Scale (WIS) (0.92). Two hypotheses were tested and data collected was analysed using Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA). The findings of the study revealed that there was significant main effect of treatment in the pre-post marital stability scores of married women with breast cancer in the experimental and control groups (F (3,26) = 63.41, P < .05). However, in the 3-way interactions, no significant interaction effect of treatment, anxiety and self-concept on the marital stability of married women with breast cancer was found (F (4, 25) = 0.251, P > .05). Therefore, counselling / psychological intervention programmes should be put in place to help guide married women with breast cancer to self-rediscover their potentials, abilities and capabilities and improve on their social competence ability. This would help them develop the potentials to establish and sustain interpersonal relationship with their spouses and others.