Title

Self‐Directed, Therapist‐Directed, and Assessment‐Based Interventions for Premarital Couples

Keywords

communication, marriage enrichment, premarital assessment, relationship satisfaction

Abstract

In this study, we present the findings of an investigation of the effectiveness of 3 models of premarital education. The study compares the outcomes between a workbook‐only self‐directed program, a therapist‐directed (unstructured) program, and an assessment‐based (RELATE) relationship enhancement program. Results revealed significant differences in effectiveness between the 3 approaches at the 6‐month follow‐up. The assessment‐based program had more influence than the therapist‐directed and self‐directed programs on problem areas and was better than the therapist‐directed program at improving communication and relationship satisfaction. Participants indicated that the most helpful aspects of these programs were the opportunity to discuss previously undiscussed issues, improvements in communication, and the perspectives provided by the facilitator.

Original Publication Citation

Busby, D. M., Ivey, D. C., Harris, S. M., & Ates, C. (2007). Self-Directed, therapist-directed, and assessment-based interventions for premarital couples. Family Relations, 56, 279-290.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2007-06-12

Publisher

Family Relations

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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