Category: Couples / Close Relationships

Symposium

Symposium 39 - From Efficacious to Effective: Interventions for Disadvantaged Couples

Friday, November 17
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Aqua Salon E & F, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Couple Therapy | Cultural Diversity/ Vulnerable Populations
Presentation Type: Symposium

Research continues to demonstrate that relationship education and couple therapy can increase relationship stability, reduce distress, and promote both individual and family wellbeing. At the same time, many interventions were not developed or tested in ways that incorporate the real-world contexts and challenges that many couples face. In particular, couples who face social or economic disadvantage may find it particularly difficult to access empirically-supported interventions, and existing research does not always clearly indicate whether, how, and under what circumstances such couples are likely to benefit from intervention. Financial stress, social oppression, lack of support, and other factors can cause relationship distress among disadvantaged couples, and may also interfere with the effectiveness of interventions. The presentations in this symposium will highlight new research on a variety of different modalities of relationship education and therapy aimed at promoting increased access to high-quality interventions for disadvantaged couples. Further, this symposium will present data demonstrating the effectiveness of these interventions for the couples who may be most in need.

The first two talks will address whether demographic disadvantage moderates the effectiveness of different methods of delivering couples’ interventions. Katie Lenger will describe results from a study comparing the accessibility and effectiveness of home- versus clinic-based couple therapy for couples with diverse backgrounds. Karen Rothman will address whether race and SES moderate the effectiveness of paraprofessional support as part of the online OurRelationship.com intervention.

The next two talks will address the impact of different forms of social disadvantage on relationship functioning and intervention effectiveness. Dev Crasta will present data demonstrating that geographic context – particularly neighborhood SES – can moderate the impact of PAIR, a self-help couple treatment. Dr. Kim Halford and Dr. Chris Pepping will present a talk demonstrating the need for and effectiveness of Rainbow Couple CARE, a relationship education program designed for same-sex couples in a context of social disadvantage due to discrimination.

Finally, Kayla Knopp will address potential mechanisms of interventions with couples who are experiencing disadvantage. She will present new analyses of mediators of the impact of the relationship education interventions that were part of the nationwide Supporting Healthy Marriages study.

Our discussant Dr. Katherine J.W. Baucom will conclude the symposium with remarks addressing both the current state and future directions of research on providing interventions for disadvantaged couples.

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Kayla Knopp

Graduate Student
University of Denver

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Katherine J.W Baucom

New York University

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    Katherine A. Lenger

    Graduate Student
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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    Karen Rothman

    University of Miami

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    Dev Crasta

    Doctoral Candidate
    University of Rochester

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    W. Kim Halford

    Professor
    University of Queensland

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    Kayla Knopp

    Graduate Student
    University of Denver

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