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Ethics code: IR.IAU.AHVAZ.REC.1401.061
Clinical trials code: IR.IAU.AHVAZ.REC.1401.061

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Jorfizadeh H, Makvandi B, Heidari A, Asgari P. Psychological Well-being in Adolescents: Examining the Mediating Role of Self-Differentiation and Sexual Intimacy of Mothers. Iran J Health Sci 2023; 11 (4)
URL: http://jhs.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-883-en.html
Department of Psychology, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz, Iran. , makvandi203@gmail.com
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Background and Purpose: The psychological well-being of adolescents has always been a research concern, for ignoring this issue could have irreversibly adverse effects on individuals and societies. The present study aimed to investigate the mediating role of sexual intimacy in relationships of attitude to sexual health and self-differentiation of mothers with the psychological well-being of adolescents in Ahvaz.
Materials and Methods: Students and their mothers from Ahvaz’s senior high school during the academic year 2021–22 participated in the descriptive-correlational study. By using the method of stratified cluster sampling, 300 students and their mothers participated in this study as the study sample. The research instruments included the Psychological Well-being Scale, the Attitude Scale toward Sexual Health, the Differentiation of Self Inventory, and the Marital Intimacy Questionnaire. Pearson's correlation coefficient was used to check the correlation between the study variables. Bootstrap analysis was used to assess mediating relationships' significance. In SPSS-27 and AMOS-25, structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to evaluate the proposed model.
Results: The results showed that all direct paths to the psychological well-being of adolescents were significant, except for the self-differentiation of mothers (P<0.001). Moreover, the indirect paths of attitude to the sexual health of mothers to the psychological well-being of adolescents and the correlation between the self-differentiation of mothers and the psychological well-being of adolescents were significant when mediated by the sexual intimacy of mothers (P<0.001).
Conclusion: The proposed method had a good fit. Improving the sexual intimacy of mothers is expected to boost the psychological well-being of adolescents. It is recommended to hold workshops to promote effective communication skills and self-differentiation for couples to enhance the sexual intimacy of mothers, thus boosting the psychological well-being of adolescents.
Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Community Health

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