ERIC Number: EJ762653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Impact of an Intimate Relationships Class on Unrealistic Relationship Beliefs
Bass, Brenda L.; Drake, Teske R.; Linney, Kirsten D.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v99 n1 p52-59 2007
Unrealistic relationship beliefs have been shown to be related to lower levels of relationship satisfaction. Yet, young adults often hold unrealistic or irrational beliefs about intimate relationships. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an intimate relationships course in reducing young adults' irrational relationship beliefs. Results indicated a decrease in irrational beliefs, although levels of romanticism remained stable. Gender differences were noted. In addition, participants reported an increase in their knowledge about relationship processes. According to instructor observations and student reports, the two teaching techniques most successful in changing unrealistic relationship beliefs were observing people discuss or enact relationships through guest speakers and video clips, and writing short reaction papers that required exploring one's attitudes and beliefs on a topic.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Young Adults, Intimacy, Gender Differences, Family Life, Family Relationship, Interpersonal Relationship, Beliefs, Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Knowledge Level, Attitude Change, Family Life Education, College Students, Misconceptions, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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