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Master of Science (MS)
Family, Consumer, and Human Development
Kay Bradford, Ph.D.
Over the years, many interventions have been used to ameliorate couple distress and increase relationship satisfaction. These interventions have been getting shorter in duration. The purpose of this pilot study was to test the feasibility and impact of a brief intervention using a solution-focused approach (SFBT) for couples. The brief intervention included two two-hour consultations. Data were collected from 30 couples and were analyzed using a repeated measures design. The analyses yielded mixed results. There were statistically significant improvements in the areas of individual well-being and relationship knowledge. There were no significant differences in terms of marital satisfaction, communication skills, and readiness to change, although positive trends were observed in this pilot phase. Implications for future research and development are discussed.
Stewart, J. Wade, "A Pilot Study of Solution-focused Brief Therapeutic Intervention for Couples" (2011). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1061.
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