The study investigated the efficacy of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy in managing marital adjustment among Baptist spouses in Benin City Edo State. Two research questions were raised to guide this study and two corresponding hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05 level of significance. The study adopted the true experimental research design, using non-equivalent pre-test post-test control group. The target population of the study consisted of all the 3290 Baptist spouses in Benin City. A sample size of 61 spouses participated in the study. A multistage sampling method was used in selecting the samples for this study. Dyadic Adjustment Scale was administered to the spouses. The data collected were analyzed using paired t-test and independent samples statistics.
The findings of the study revealed that EFCT was effective in managing the marital adjustment of spouses. The study also found that there was a significant difference in the marital adjustment of spouses exposed to EFCT and control at post-test. Based on the findings, it was recommended that counselling psychologists should take advantage of the proven efficacy of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy in helping spouses to improve the quality of their marital relationship.
Keywords: Efficacy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Marital Adjustment, Spouses, Baptist Churches