Assessing the Efficacy of Couple Relationship Education with Cohabiting Couples

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Title:
Assessing the Efficacy of Couple Relationship Education with Cohabiting Couples
Physical Description:
1 online resource (191 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Callahan, Jean M
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
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Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Marriage and Family Counseling, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Committee Chair:
SHERRARD,PETER ANDREW
Committee Co-Chair:
ECHEVARRIA-DOAN,SILVIA CARIDAD
Committee Members:
AMATEA,ELLEN S
MILLER,DAVID

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
cohabiting -- communication -- couple -- education -- relationship -- satisfaction
Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Marriage and Family Counseling thesis, Ph.D.
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theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a community-based Couple Relationship Education Program on the relationship behaviors and relationship quality for cohabiting couples compared with married couples. Average change in relationship behaviors was assessed with measures for positive and negative communication behaviors. Relationship quality was operationalized with average measures of change in relationship dedication (commitment) and relationship satisfaction. Data for this study was drawn from a de-identified data set for 60 cohabiting and 60 married couples that previously participated in a CRE program in a southeastern state in the United States. The program was part of a larger community-based non-profit social services agency providing services for youth and families over multiple counties. The participants completed surveys pre-intervention and post-intervention (three years) to assess change over time. The Communication Skills Test (Saiz & Jenkins, 1996) was used to obtain measures of positive and negative communication skills. The Relationship Scale (Stanley & Markman, 1992) was used to measure relationship dedication (a measure of commitment) and the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (Schumm, Paff-Bergen, Hatch, Obiorah, Copeland, Meens, & Bugaighis, 1986) was used to measure relationship satisfaction. The participants also completed a demographic data questionnaire. The impact of CRE was assessed using a series of mixed-effects Analysis of Variance (ANOVAs) with repeated measures with two independent between-subjects factors (relationship status and gender) and a dependent within-subjects factor (positive communication, negative communication, relationship dedication, and relationship satisfaction). Effect sizes were calculated for each analysis. The analyses discovered statistically significant differences for intervention over time based upon relationship status for the measures of positive communication and relationship satisfaction. It appears the cohabiting couples reported higher levels of positive communication compared to married couples pre- and post-test. The same was found for relationship satisfaction with cohabiting couples reporting higher levels of relationship satisfaction compared to married couples pre- and post-test. The analyses revealed statistically significant within subject differences over time due to intervention for positive communication, negative communication, relationship dedication, and relationship satisfaction. Results, implications for theory and practice, limitation, and suggestions for future research are discussed in chapters 4 and 5.
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
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Includes vita.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Jean M Callahan.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: SHERRARD,PETER ANDREW.
Local:
Co-adviser: ECHEVARRIA-DOAN,SILVIA CARIDAD.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

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UFRGP
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Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046571:00001