A Randomized Controlled Trial of Coach Contact During a Brief Online Intervention for Distressed Couples

McKenzie K. Roddy, Kathryn M. Nowlan, Brian D. Doss

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The negative impacts of relationship distress on the couple, the family, and the individual are well-known. However, couples are often unable to access effective treatments to combat these effects—including many couples who might be at highest risk for relationship distress. Online self-help interventions decrease the barriers to treatment and provide couples with high quality, research-based programs they can do on their own. Using a combined multiple baseline and randomized design, the present study investigated the effectiveness of the Brief OurRelationship.com (Brief-OR) program with and without staff support in improving relationship distress and individual functioning. Results indicated the program produced significant gains in several areas of relationship functioning; however, these gains were smaller in magnitude than those observed in Full-OR. Furthermore, effects of Brief-OR were not sustained over follow-up. Comparisons between couples randomized to Brief-OR with and without contact with a staff coach indicated that coach contact significantly reduced program noncompletion and improved program effects. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-851
Number of pages17
JournalFamily Process
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Couple Therapy
  • Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
  • Online Intervention
  • Paraprofessional Contact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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