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: 409-421. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2015.02.001

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Author Kim Halford, W
Pepping, Christopher A
Hilpert, Peter
Bodenmann, Guy
Wilson, Keithia L
Busby, Dean
Larson, Jeffry
Holman, Thomas
Title Immediate Effect of Couple Relationship Education on Low-Satisfaction Couples: A Randomized Clinical Trial Plus an Uncontrolled Trial Replication
Journal name Behavior Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1878-1888
0005-7894
Publication date 2015-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.beth.2015.02.001
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 46
Issue 3
Start page 409
End page 421
Total pages 13
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Elsevier Inc
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Relationship education
Relationship distress
Couple relationship
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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