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ERIC Number: EJ939564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0000
Supporting Special-Needs Adoptive Couples: Assessing an Intervention to Enhance Forgiveness, Increase Marital Satisfaction, and Prevent Depression
Baskin, Thomas W.; Rhody, Margaret; Schoolmeesters, Shannon; Ellingson, Colleen
Counseling Psychologist, v39 n7 p933-955 Oct 2011
An educational group intervention focusing on forgiveness and marriage education was implemented with adoptive parents. Couples qualified by having adopted at least one special-needs child. Data were examined for 112 adoptive parents: 54 from a treatment group that immediately received a 36-contact hour intervention and 58 from a waiting list comparison group that received the intervention after the treatment group was completed. Forgiveness, marital satisfaction, and depressive symptoms were measured in both groups. The treatment group showed statistically significant gains on all three dependent measures vis-a-vis the comparison group. The comparison group showed similar gains when they became the treatment group. All gains were maintained at a 3.5-month follow-up (one semester). Implications are discussed for the effectiveness and appropriateness of this intervention for special-needs adoptive families. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dyadic Adjustment Scale; Beck Depression Inventory