Category: Couples / Close Relationships


ePREP: Using Web-Based Interventions to Reach Traditionally Underserved Populations

Saturday, November 18
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Indigo Ballroom E, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Couples / Close Relationships | Technology / Mobile Health | Prevention
Presentation Type: Symposium

Psychological services do not typically reach those who might benefit most from them, creating a need for methods of dissemination that will increase the likelihood that our best interventions will reach underserved populations. ePREP is a computer based form of relationship education that has replicated its efficacy in four separate randomized control trials (total N = 427) with follow up assessments as far as 10 and 12 months post-treatment. The proposed presentation will briefly summarize the results of these trials showing efficacy for decreasing intimate partner violence (90% reduction in expected counts at one-year follow up) as well as increasing positive communication (d = 0.50 at 10 month follow up) and symptoms of depression (d = -.19 at 10 month follow up) and anxiety (d = -.24 at 10 month follow up), among other outcomes.  We will discuss ongoing research and implementation projects that highlight how flexible interventions like ePREP can be dosed and delivered in a way that promotes lasting wellness. We will highlight the process of adapting ePREP from an existing empirically supported intervention; namely, PREP.  Suggesting that this approach, including the ongoing clinical trials to support the translation from traditional intervention to online intervention, might provide an excellent model for increasing the reach of other interventions. We will further highlight ongoing developments of the ePREP intervention designed to make it maximally accessible to couples from all backgrounds, including those with limited literacy.  Finally, we will discuss and present preliminary data on a large scale implementation of ePREP to all newlyweds in the state of Utah. The flexibility, cost-effectiveness and versatility of computer based interventions imbue them with the potential to overcome many of the barriers that currently block the path to dissemination of empirically supported relationship education interventions and psychological interventions more generally. 

Scott R. Braithwaite

Assistant Professor
Brigham Young University


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