Self‐Directed, Therapist‐Directed, and Assessment‐Based Interventions for Premarital Couples
communication, marriage enrichment, premarital assessment, relationship satisfaction
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Busby, Dean M.; Ivey, David C.; Harris, Steven M.; and Ates, Chance, "Self‐Directed, Therapist‐Directed, and Assessment‐Based Interventions for Premarital Couples" (2007). Faculty Publications. 4600.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Copyright 2007 by the National Council on Family Relations
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