Category: Couples / Close Relationships

Symposium

Where Shall We Meet? Does the Setting in Which a Brief Relationship Intervention Take Place Matter?

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

Keywords: Couple Therapy | Couples / Close Relationships | Hispanic Americans
Presentation Type: Symposium

Home-based interventions seek to improve access to health-care services, specifically for underserved populations, and have been largely successful in this goal (Hawkins & Fackrell, 2010). However, research has not established whether individuals who select home interventions differ from those who select clinic interventions when both options are presented. Preliminary analyses, discussed below, sought to examine how individuals who elected to complete a brief relationship intervention at home differed from individuals who elected to complete it at a clinic on (1) demographics, (2) baseline and (3) post-intervention Attitudes toward Couples Therapy and Relationship Functioning.


Data were collected from 655 married or cohabitating couples who participated in a brief relationship intervention. Couples chose to complete the intervention in their home [HI] or at a local clinic [CI]. Demographic data were collected at baseline and data on Attitudes toward Couples Therapy and Relationship Functioning (i.e. Relationship Satisfaction, Intimacy, and Communication Patterns), were collected at baseline and one-month post-intervention.


Repeated Measures ANOVAs were conducted to control for the interdependence of the data. Results indicated that higher income, higher educated, and Hispanic individuals opted for HI. No differences for age, employment status, marital status, or other races emerged. Furthermore, at baseline, individuals who opted for HI had less favorable Attitudes but did not differ on Relationship Functioning variables. Interestingly, post-intervention no significant differences emerged for Attitudes or Relationship Functioning variables. Thus, although individuals who opted for HI had less favorable Attitudes at baseline, they had equally favorable Attitudes post-intervention.


HI services may be particularly useful for reaching Hispanic populations and individuals with less favorable attitudes toward couples therapy. Further, these data indicate that low-income individuals, who more often opted to complete the intervention at a clinic, may be more hesitant about HI. Further analyses as well as clinical and research implications will be discussed.

Katherine A. Lenger

Graduate Student
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Patricia N. E. Roberson

Assistant Research Faculty
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Jessica A. Hughes

University of Tennessee

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James Cordova

Professor
Clark University

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Kristina Coop Gordon

Professor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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