Preventing marital distress through communication and conflict management training: a 4- and 5-year follow-up

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1993 Feb;61(1):70-7. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.61.1.70.


This article reports the 4- and 5-year follow-up results of evaluating the effects of a marital distress prevention program. The program, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), is a 5-session program designed to teach couples effective communication and conflict management skills. At the 5-year follow-up, intervention, as compared with control, couples had higher levels of positive and lower levels of negative communication skills and lower levels of marital violence. Data are also presented on couples who declined the program. Issues are discussed concerning selection effects, change mechanisms, and future directions for prevention research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Communication*
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marital Therapy / methods*
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Problem Solving