Effectiveness of the Restoration Model: An Intensive Marital Therapy
A recent change in the field of marital therapy has been the development of intensive therapy interventions that take place over a period of less than one week. While there are a variety of testimonial reports and cursory data suggesting effectiveness, most of these models have not been analyzed with rigorous study. The present study used the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, and a self-report questionnaire to assess the effectiveness of restoration marital therapy in the intensive setting. Thirty-five individuals who had previously attended an intensive five-day marital intervention utilizing the restoration therapy model were assessed. It was hypothesized that there would be a significant increase in dyadic adjustment and self-reported relationship satisfaction as well as a significant decrease in depression scores for individuals after attending an intensive utilizing the restoration marital therapy model. Results indicate an increase in dyadic adjustment, as well as relationship satisfaction, through significant increases in Dyadic Adjustment Total score, Dyadic Consensus, Dyadic Satisfaction, Dyadic Cohesion, and Affective Expression, and a significant decrease in scores of depression for individuals.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Hargrave, Terry D.
Marriage counseling, Marital psychotherapy
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