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Taubat (Repentance) and Istighfar (Seek Forgiveness from Allah) Therapy to Improve Subjective Well-Being of Master Students: A Preliminary Study

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The purpose of this preliminary study was to evaluate the effectiveness of taubat and istighfar therapy for improving subjective well-being of Master students. Fifty-two Master students who were attending Islamic psychotherapy courses completed the study. The scale of subjective well-being (satisfaction with life, positive–negative affects) was completed by each participant in pre and post-intervention. In addition, this study included diary written by the participants for one week to evaluate impact of the implementation of therapy. Pair samples t test was used for statistical analysis. taubat and istighfar therapy improved the subjective well-being rating of participant by an average of M = 0.42 points with SD = 0.62. The treatment effect was statistically significant and effect size estimate represents a large effect and substantive finding. Based on the expressions in the diaries that wrote during one week, supported that therapy provided benefits, such as reductions of anxiety, anger, and the symptoms of obsessive compulsive, self-injury, and sleeping disorder. After one week they also experienced improvements in emotion regulation, positive thinking, happiness and faith to God. The results have implications for future research.
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Keywords: Subjective Well-Being; Taubat and Istighfar Therapy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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