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ERIC Number: ED354432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 16
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Psychological Reactance in Marital Enrichment Training.
Oliver, Ronald; And Others
This investigation was the second in a series of empirical studies on marital enrichment training using the Training in Marital Enrichment (TIME) model. In addition to further study of the TIME model, interest was also directed in the current study to more fully clarifying the nature of change in the model by including a measure of the construct of psychological reactance. Participants were 17 heterosexual couples who volunteered for participation in a marriage enrichment program which was advertised in Catholic parishes in a midwestern city. Participants met over a 7-week period for a minimum of 12 hours of the training program. The Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) and the Therapeutic Reactance Scale were used. Marital satisfaction as measured by a subscale of the DAS was reported as significantly greater following the marital enrichment training with the TIME model. Most of the reported gains in marital satisfaction came from the female participants. While the total dyadic adjustment score was found to increase in a positive direction, indicating overall greater total marital adjustment, the gains made were not at significant levels. While it is uncertain why this effect would hold only for the women in the sample, the results do suggest that this factor should be taken into account in marital enrichment efforts. (Contains 12 references.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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