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Relationship Education in Community Settings: Effectiveness with Distressed and Non-Distressed Low-Income Racial Minority Couples.

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Quirk, Kelley.
Strokoff, Johanna.
Owen, Jesse J.
France, Tiffany.
Bergen, Carrie.
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Couple relationship education (CRE) programs are intended to prevent negative couple outcomes, however, some evidence suggests couples in greater distress may still benefit. The current study examined pre- and postchanges in relationship functioning of 362 low-income African American and Hispanic couples. Outcomes (dedication and communication) were assessed by examining differences between two distinct groupings of couples; distressed (both partners reporting clinically significant distress) and nondistressed (neither partner reporting clinically significant distress) couples. Distressed couples at predemonstrated large-sized gains in all outcome variables, as compared to nondistressed couples. Those who participated in the single-couple format demonstrated lower gains in positive communication as compared to those in the group format. Implications for distressed couples in CRE programs are offered. (Author abstract)

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