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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 190

A comparative study of dialectical behavior therapy and aripiprazole on marital instability of in patients with hypersexual

1 Department of Psychology, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran
2 Department of Psychology, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Urology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

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Dr. Hasan Rezaei-Jamalouei
Department of Psychology, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/abr.abr_161_22

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Background: Sexual desire and sexual activity are natural needs of human beings, which can be problematic and lead to various sexual disorders, if not used in the right way, including hypersexuality. The present study aimed to compare the effect of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and aripiprazole drug on marital instability in patients with hypersexuality. Materials and Methods: This experimental case--control Pretest--Posttest Control Group Design with follow up was done on 27 male and female patients with hypersexuality having at least a higher education degree selected from four hospitals and psychiatric centers including Khorshid Hospital, Asgariyeh Specialized Hospital, Farhangian Clinic and Imam Reza Medical Center in Isfahan and were randomly assigned to two groups of treatment (nine patients in every group) and one group of control (nine patients) after adjusting the age and gender. Pretest phase was done for both three groups using Marital Instability Index (MII). The first treatment group underwent DBT intervention for eight sessions of 2 hours (once a week), and the second experimental group was prescribed aripiprazole for 2 months. Afterwards, the posttest and follow-up were performed for all the three groups. The data were analyzed using SPSS 24 and multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA). Results: The findings showed that DBT and aripiprazole had little effect on the problem of marital instability in patients with hypersexuality (p > 0.05); also, there was no significant difference between the effect of DBT and aripiprazole (p > 0.05). Conclusion: DBT and the drug aripiprazole cannot have a significant effect on the marital instability in patients.

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