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Master of Science (MS)
Psychology (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Brian D. Doss
Second Committee Member
Amy Weisman de Mamani
Third Committee Member
Michael T. French
The negative impacts of relationship distress on the couple, the family, and the individual are well known. However, couples are often unable to access effective treatments developed to combat these effects – including many couples who might be at highest risk for relationship distress. Online self-help interventions decrease the barriers to treatment and provide couples with high quality, research-based programs they can do on their own. Using a combined multiple baseline and randomized design, the present study investigated the effectiveness of the Brief OurRelationship.com (Abbreviated-OR) program with and without staff support in improving relationship distress and individual functioning (N = 208). Results indicated the program produced significant gains in several areas of relationship functioning; however, these gains were smaller in magnitude than those observed in the Full-OR program. Furthermore, effects of the Abbreviated-OR were not sustained over follow-up. Comparisons between couples randomized to the Abbreviated-OR program with and without contact with a staff coach indicated that coach contact significantly reduced program non-completion and improved program effects. Limitations and future directions are discussed.
couple intervention; IBCT; web-based; self help
Roddy, McKenzie K., "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Coach Contact During a Brief Online Intervention for Distressed Couples" (2016). Open Access Theses. 593.