Effects of prarthana (prayer) healing approach and rational emotive therapy on marital relationship and irrational beliefs

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Subject Categories

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Naomi R. Ruiz

Defense Panel Chair

Rose Marie Salazar-Clemeña

Defense Panel Member

Salud P. Evangelista
Carmelita Pabiton
Imelda V.G. Villar
Ma. Belen L. Vergara


This study investigates the effects of Prarthana (Prayer) Healing Approach and Rational Emotive Therapy on marital relationship and irrational beliefs.The pretest-posttest waitlist control group design was used for this study. The subjects were 21 couples selected from 37 couples, based on the low positive couple agreement scores they obtained in ENRICH and other client variables, namely: educational attainment, number of years married, and age. Two instruments, Evaluation and Nurturing Relationship Issues, Communication and Happiness (ENRICH) and Irrational Beliefs Test (IBT), were used as outcome measures of the elements of marital relationship and traditional beliefs. All data were subjected to one-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and t-tests.The findings showed that there was a significant improvement (p .05) between the pretest and the posttest scores in the elements of marital relationship and irrational beliefs of the PHA and RET groups as measured by ENRICH and IBT however, there was not significant change in the control group. A significant difference (p .05) was found specifically in personality issues, religious orientation, sexual relation, conflict resolution, raising children, family and friends, and family finance on ENRICH in the PHA and RET groups. On IBT, a significant difference (p .05) was found in high self-expectation, blame proneness, emotional irresponsibility, anxious over-concern, problem avoidance, and perfectionism. At the delayed posttest of the PHA group, a significant change (p .05) was found in all elements of ENRICH, while in the RET group, a significant difference (p .05) was found in the elements of communication, recreation, sexual relationship, and raising children. On IBT, the results of the PHA group revealed a significant difference (p .05) in demand for approval, frustration reactivity, emotional irresponsibility, and perfectionism, while in the RET group, significant changes (p .05) were found between their posttest and delayed posttest scores in demand

Based on the findings, the general conclusion drawn was that both PHA and RET are effective in enhancing marital relationship and reducing irrational beliefs of the couples of Kerala, India. However, the Prarthana Healing Approach was found to be somewhat more effective than Rational Emotive Therapy.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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164 leaves ; computer print-out


Healing--Religious aspects; Rational emotive behavior therapy; Marital psychotherapy; Belief and doubt; Prayer; Interpersonal relations

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