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ISRN Public Health
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 964087, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/964087
Research Article

Effectiveness of the Premarital Education Programme in Iran

1Department of Population and Family Health, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
2Neuroscience Research Center, Institute of Neuropharmacology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 76175-113, Kerman, Iran

Received 8 January 2014; Accepted 5 February 2014; Published 6 March 2014

Academic Editors: J. Konde-Lule and A. Zaborskis

Copyright © 2014 Mahdieh Yazdanpanah et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. Iran is confronted with increasing trend of divorce in recent decades. Considering the probable role of sexual dissatisfaction in the breakdown of marriages, the Ministry of Health recently decided to enrich the educational content of the premarital education programmes. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of the new program with the classic one. Methods. Three hundred fifty-one women were divided into two premarital education groups: classic education and new education . The mental health, quality of life, marital satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction of women were evaluated one year after marriage. Results. At one-year followup, both groups showed improvement in mental health ; however physical health-related quality of life decreased in both groups. The two groups showed no significant difference in terms of sexual satisfaction and marital satisfaction. Marital satisfaction showed significant correlation with sexual satisfaction . Conclusion. The new program of premarital education showed no superiority over the classic method. Considering the increasing rate of divorce in Iran, the premarital education programmes may not be successful in achieving their goals. Revision of the premarital education programme is warranted.