Document Type : Research Article (s)


1 Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Sari Branch, Sari, IR Iran

2 Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Bandar Gaz Branch, Bandar Gaz, IR Iran


Background: Adjustment and coordination with environment is indispensable to all people.
Objectives: The aim of present study was to determine the effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy in increasing adjustment of high school female students.
Materials and Methods: This study was based on an experimental pretest-posttest design including 30 female students of Amol high school in academic year 2011 - 2012.The participants were selected by purposive non-convenience sampling methods, randomly assigned to experimental and control groups, who completed the Bell’s adjustment questionnaire in pre-test phase. Thirty subjects with scores close to mean were selected and randomly divided into control and experimental groups. Solution-focused brief therapy intervention for experimental group was carried out in 5 sessions followed by performing posttest on the two groups. The data obtained were then analyzed using MANCOVA.
Results: The results showed that solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) was effective in increasing adjustment of the students (P < 0.0006), as well as increasing 3 subscales of adjustment questionnaire comprising home adjustment (P < 0.0006); health adjustment (P < 0.0006); and social adjustment (P < 0.0003); but had no effect on affective adjustment (P < 0.081).
Conclusions: Considering the significant effect of SFBT interventions on increasing adjustment in young students, the training of school counselors can be an effective means for youth to achieve their goals and decrease some problems in the community.