The current study examined the learning processes involved in professionally supported self-directed couple relationship education (CRE). Fifty-nine couples completed Couple CARE, a systematic, self-directed CRE program designed in flexible delivery mode to be completed at home. Couples watched a DVD introducing key relationship ideas and skills and then completed a structured guidebook. The learning process was supported by telephone-based coaching sessions from a professional relationship educator. Couples completed the learning tasks associated with the programme and successfully implemented a wide range of relationship self-change, and most reported continuing implementation of program learning at 6 months follow-up. These findings suggest that Couple CARE is readily accessible and results in effective skill acquisition for couples. (Author abstract)
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Processes of Change in Self-Directed Couple Relationship Education.