ERIC Number: ED160914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Communication Training for Couples: A Comparative Study.
Witkin, Stanley L.
Two communication training programs--the Communication Skills Workshop (CSW) and the Couples Communication Program (CCP)--and a wait-list control group were compared on measures of communication effectiveness, problem solving and relationship satisfaction. Subjects were 54 volunteer couples randomly assigned to conditions. Highly distressed couples or those seeking marital therapy were excluded from the study. All training was done in groups utilizing male and female co-trainers. One relationship satisfaction questionnaire was administered prior to training; all questionnaires and performance measures were given one and seven weeks following training. Results indicated that the CCP training produced significant increases in nonverbal positive messages relative to the CSW and no training. CCP training also resulted in significant decreases in nonverbal negative messages compared to the CSW. Both training conditions significantly reduced verbal negative messages. Self-report measures revealed no significant differences at follow-up testing. Although trainer differences may have partially accounted for the results, the CCP appears to be a viable alternative to behavioral programs such as CSW. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Skills Program; Couples Communication Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (11th, Atlanta, Georgia, December 9-11, 1977); Best Copy Available