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Enhancement of Couples’ Communication and Dyadic Coping by a Self-Directed Approach: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Bodenmann, Guy, Hilpert, Peter, Nussbeck, Fridtjof W. and Bradbury, Thomas N. (2014) Enhancement of Couples’ Communication and Dyadic Coping by a Self-Directed Approach: A Randomized Controlled Trial Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82 (4). pp. 580-591.

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Although prevention of relationship distress and dissolution has potential to strengthen the well-being of partners and any children they are raising, dissemination of prevention programs can be limited because couples face many barriers to in-person participation. An alternative strategy, providing couples with an instructional DVD, is tested in the present study, in which 330 Caucasian couples (N = 660 participants; mean age: men 41.4 years, women 40.0 years) were randomly assigned to a DVD group without any further support, a DVD group with technical telephone coaching, or a wait-list control group. Couples completed questionnaires at pretest, posttest, and 3 and 6 months after completion of the intervention. Self-report measures of dyadic coping, communication quality, ineffective arguing, and relationship satisfaction were used to test whether the intervention groups improved in comparison with the control group. Women in both intervention groups increased in dyadic coping, reduced conflict behavior, and were more satisfied with their relationship 6 months after the intervention. Effects for men were mixed. Participants with poorer skills reported stronger improvement. Intimate relationships can, within limits, be positively influenced by a self-directed approach. Effective dissemination of principles underlying successful relationships can be facilitated through the use of emerging low-cost tools and technologies.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Bodenmann, Guy
Nussbeck, Fridtjof W.
Bradbury, Thomas N.
Date : 2014
DOI : 10.1037/a0036356
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2014 American Psychological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords : couples, dyadic coping, social support, communication, self-directed relationship education
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 04 Sep 2018 11:25
Last Modified : 04 Sep 2018 11:27

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