Effectiveness of the Restoration Model in Intensive Marital Therapy

Investigator: Terry Hargrave, PhD

Project Description

The overall goal of this study is to assess the effectiveness of the Restoration Therapy (RT) approach in couple therapy in an intensive format. In order to do so, researchers gained consent from participants to access their initial assessment results from the Hideaway Experience where the intensive therapy took place. In addition, participants were asked to complete two follow-up batteries of assessments. Data on relationship satisfaction, depression, and conflict resolution leading up to and following the intensive intervention was used to assess the effectiveness of the marital intensive model on improving relationship satisfaction and lowering depression.

The researchers have run mixed ANOVAs to test the effects of the restoration model of marital therapy on participants’ scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS). The between-subjects factor of gender was included to control for the effect spouses had on each other’s scores. Results showed a significant main effect of time for the BDI, DAS total score, as well as all four constructs of the DAS, which include (a) Dyadic Consensus, (b) Affectional Expression, (c) Dyadic Satisfaction, and (d) Dyadic Cohesion. There was no significant main effect of gender for any of the analyses run. There was also no significant interaction effect of time and gender for any of the analyses run.
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