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Immediate Effect of Couple Relationship Education on Low-Satisfaction Couples: A Randomized Clinical Trial Plus an Uncontrolled Trial Replication

Kim Halford, W., Pepping, Christopher A., Hilpert, Peter, Bodenmann, Guy, Wilson, Keithia L., Busby, Dean, Larson, Jeffry and Holman, Thomas (2015) Immediate Effect of Couple Relationship Education on Low-Satisfaction Couples: A Randomized Clinical Trial Plus an Uncontrolled Trial Replication Behavior Therapy, 46 (3). pp. 409-421.

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Abstract

Couple relationship education (RE) usually is conceived of as relationship enhancement for currently satisfied couples, with a goal of helping couples sustain satisfaction. However, RE also might be useful as a brief, accessible intervention for couples with low satisfaction. Two studies were conducted that tested whether couples with low relationship satisfaction show meaningful gains after RE. Study 1 was a three-condition randomized controlled trial in which 182 couples were randomly assigned to RELATE with Couple CARE (RCC), a flexible delivery education program for couples, or one of two control conditions. Couples with initially low satisfaction receiving RCC showed a moderate increase in relationship satisfaction (d = 0.50) relative to the control. In contrast, couples initially high in satisfaction showed little change and there was no difference between RCC and the control conditions. Study 2 was an uncontrolled trial of the Couple Coping Enhancement Training (CCET) administered to 119 couples. Couples receiving CCET that had initially low satisfaction showed a moderate increase in satisfaction (g = .44), whereas initially highly satisfied couples showed no change. Brief relationship education can assist somewhat distressed couples to enhance satisfaction, and has potential as a cost-effective way of enhancing the reach of couple interventions

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Kim Halford, W.
Pepping, Christopher A.
Hilpert, Peterp.hilpert@surrey.ac.uk
Bodenmann, Guy
Wilson, Keithia L.
Busby, Dean
Larson, Jeffry
Holman, Thomas
Date : 7 February 2015
DOI : 10.1016/j.beth.2015.02.001
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : relationship education; relationship distress; couple relationship
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2018 16:31
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2018 16:31
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849225

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