Heteronormative Relationship Education for Same-Gender Couples

S. Gabe Hatch, Karen Rothman, McKenzie K. Roddy, Rebecca M. Dominguez, Yunying Le, Brian D. Doss

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In recent years, same-gender group-based relationship education has emerged as a viable intervention to prevent relationship distress among same-gender couples. However, many of these programs are conducted in metropolitan areas and lack the ability to reach rural populations. The current study sought to investigate whether two wide-reaching web-based heteronormative relationship education programs could positively impact same-gender relationships. In a sample of 49 same-gender couples, heteronormative relationship education had small (Cohen's d = 0.16–0.39) but reliably positive effects on key areas of relationship functioning and perceived stress relative to a waitlist control group. Additionally, when same-gender couples were matched with different-gender individuals with similar baseline characteristics, no reliable differences between the two groups emerged even though the program effects were sometimes half as large for same-gender couples. Finally, same-gender participants were as satisfied with the program as the matched different-gender individuals. Though the results of the present study indicate that heteronormative relationship education can be helpful for same-gender couples, additional tailoring should be undertaken to ensure that same-gender couples experience as much benefit as possible. Estimates from the current study could be used in future studies to detect what might be small-sized differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-133
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Process
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Bayesian Estimation
  • OurRelationship
  • Relationship Education
  • Same-Gender Couples
  • Same-Sex Couples
  • ePREP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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