Couples with Intimate Partner Violence Seeking Relationship Help: Associations and Implications for Self-Help and Online Interventions

Mckenzie K. Roddy, Emily J. Georgia, Brian Doss

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In-person conjoint treatments for relationship distress are effective at increasing relationship satisfaction, and newly developed online programs are showing promising results. However, couples reporting even low levels intimate partner violence (IPV) are traditionally excluded from these interventions. To improve the availability of couple-based treatment for couples with IPV, the present study sought to determine whether associations with IPV found in community samples generalized to couples seeking help for their relationship and whether web-based interventions for relationship distressed worked equally well for couples with IPV. In the first aim, in a sample of 2,797 individuals who were seeking online help for their relationship, the levels and correlates of both low-intensity and clinically significant IPV largely matched what is found in community samples. In the second aim, in a sample of 300 couples who were randomly assigned to a web-based intervention or a waitlist control group, low-impact IPV did not moderate the effects of the intervention for relationship distress. Therefore, web-based interventions may be an effective (and easily accessible) intervention for relationship distress for couples with low-intensity IPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFamily Process
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

Fingerprint

self-help
violence
Intimate Partner Violence
community
Control Groups
human being
Group

Keywords

  • Couple Intervention
  • Help-Seeking
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Web-Based Intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Cite this

@article{4f28f9a57aea450ea32acd494d1e4528,
title = "Couples with Intimate Partner Violence Seeking Relationship Help: Associations and Implications for Self-Help and Online Interventions",
abstract = "In-person conjoint treatments for relationship distress are effective at increasing relationship satisfaction, and newly developed online programs are showing promising results. However, couples reporting even low levels intimate partner violence (IPV) are traditionally excluded from these interventions. To improve the availability of couple-based treatment for couples with IPV, the present study sought to determine whether associations with IPV found in community samples generalized to couples seeking help for their relationship and whether web-based interventions for relationship distressed worked equally well for couples with IPV. In the first aim, in a sample of 2,797 individuals who were seeking online help for their relationship, the levels and correlates of both low-intensity and clinically significant IPV largely matched what is found in community samples. In the second aim, in a sample of 300 couples who were randomly assigned to a web-based intervention or a waitlist control group, low-impact IPV did not moderate the effects of the intervention for relationship distress. Therefore, web-based interventions may be an effective (and easily accessible) intervention for relationship distress for couples with low-intensity IPV.",
keywords = "Couple Intervention, Help-Seeking, Interpersonal Violence, Web-Based Intervention",
author = "Roddy, {Mckenzie K.} and Georgia, {Emily J.} and Brian Doss",
year = "2017",
doi = "10.1111/famp.12291",
language = "English (US)",
journal = "Family Process",
issn = "0014-7370",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Couples with Intimate Partner Violence Seeking Relationship Help

T2 - Associations and Implications for Self-Help and Online Interventions

AU - Roddy, Mckenzie K.

AU - Georgia, Emily J.

AU - Doss, Brian

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - In-person conjoint treatments for relationship distress are effective at increasing relationship satisfaction, and newly developed online programs are showing promising results. However, couples reporting even low levels intimate partner violence (IPV) are traditionally excluded from these interventions. To improve the availability of couple-based treatment for couples with IPV, the present study sought to determine whether associations with IPV found in community samples generalized to couples seeking help for their relationship and whether web-based interventions for relationship distressed worked equally well for couples with IPV. In the first aim, in a sample of 2,797 individuals who were seeking online help for their relationship, the levels and correlates of both low-intensity and clinically significant IPV largely matched what is found in community samples. In the second aim, in a sample of 300 couples who were randomly assigned to a web-based intervention or a waitlist control group, low-impact IPV did not moderate the effects of the intervention for relationship distress. Therefore, web-based interventions may be an effective (and easily accessible) intervention for relationship distress for couples with low-intensity IPV.

AB - In-person conjoint treatments for relationship distress are effective at increasing relationship satisfaction, and newly developed online programs are showing promising results. However, couples reporting even low levels intimate partner violence (IPV) are traditionally excluded from these interventions. To improve the availability of couple-based treatment for couples with IPV, the present study sought to determine whether associations with IPV found in community samples generalized to couples seeking help for their relationship and whether web-based interventions for relationship distressed worked equally well for couples with IPV. In the first aim, in a sample of 2,797 individuals who were seeking online help for their relationship, the levels and correlates of both low-intensity and clinically significant IPV largely matched what is found in community samples. In the second aim, in a sample of 300 couples who were randomly assigned to a web-based intervention or a waitlist control group, low-impact IPV did not moderate the effects of the intervention for relationship distress. Therefore, web-based interventions may be an effective (and easily accessible) intervention for relationship distress for couples with low-intensity IPV.

KW - Couple Intervention

KW - Help-Seeking

KW - Interpersonal Violence

KW - Web-Based Intervention

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85018550531&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85018550531&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/famp.12291

DO - 10.1111/famp.12291

M3 - Article

C2 - 28425562

AN - SCOPUS:85018550531

JO - Family Process

JF - Family Process

SN - 0014-7370

ER -