A Randomized Clinical Trial of Online-Biblio Relationship Education for Expectant Couples

Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO 80217-3364, USA.
Journal of Family Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.89). 02/2012; 26(1):159-64. DOI: 10.1037/a0026398
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This study evaluated the efficacy of a self-paced, Internet-based marriage and relationship skills education program ("Power of Two Online"). The program integrated an online intervention with print supplemental resources. New and expectant parents (n = 79) were randomly assigned to the 2-month intervention or placebo-control group. Assessments were conducted at baseline, 1-month, and 2-month follow-up intervals. Latent growth curve modeling was used to examine differences between conditions for marital satisfaction and conflict management. Participants who received the intervention reported trajectories of improved marital satisfaction and improved marital conflict management over time relative to controls. Implications for widespread dissemination of marriage and relationship education as a primary prevention tool are discussed.

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