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The couple's project : one year follow-up study Hansen, Cynthia


One year after receiving 12 sessions of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), 9 of the original 14 voluntary, moderately distressed couples in James (1988) study, were tested to determine whether or not treatment gains were maintained or Increased over a one year span of time after receiving therapy. It was hypothesized that couples who received an EFT treatment would show improvement on the mean scores of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), the Psychosocial Intimacy Questionnaire (PIQ), the Communication Scale (CS) and Target Complaints (TC, over a one year span of time after receiving therapy. More specifically, a trend was anticipated. The trend was expected to be that of an increase on mean scores between pre-test and post-test followed by a decrease between post-test and four months follow-up and then a recovery or Improvement between four months and one year after receiving therapy. The 9 couples completed four self-report measures and participated in a structured interview. The hypothesis was supported by the research findings. Results indicated that post-treatment regression subsided between four months follow-up and one year follow-up. As a replication of Remple's (1986) study, this investigation did not show the dramatic increases to post-treatment levels between four months and one year after therapy that Remple (1986) found. However the results of this study do support the notion that EFT is effective in maintaining increased marital satisfaction over a one year span of time.

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