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The effectiveness of critical thinking skills training on mental health and stress management of women

Maryam Karami1, Mehdi Shahnazari1, Javad Kolendani1

Abstract

Introduction: Considering the importance of reducing psychological problems in society, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of thinking skills training on mental health and stress management in women.

Material and methods: this is a quasi-experimental and interventional study conducted on 30 women aged 20 to 50 years in Alborz Province. They were selected using a simple sampling method and randomly divided into control (n = 15) and experimental (n = 15) groups. The experimental group was trained on critical thinking program in twelve sessions once a week. Mental health and stress were measured using the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) and Stress Management Questionnaires. Data were analyzed using Kolmogorov–Smirnov and multivariate analysis of covariance tests.

Results: The results showed that the value of the Wilks Lambda and Pillai indices were 0.12 and 0.88, respectively. Therefore, the implementation of critical thinking training has a significant effect on all subscales of mental health (except Phobia) and also on stress management (p < 0.01).

Conclusions: Critical thinking training could be beneficial for women by improving and upgrading the subscales of mental health and stress management.

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