Using instructional videotape to teach couples communication, conflict-resolution, and problem-solving

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Larry C. Willett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Nicholas Vacc

Abstract: Strong support for the relationship between effective communication and marital satisfaction has been demonstrated by numerous researchers including Boland and Follingstad (1986), Henry (1973), Murphy and Mendelson (1973), Navran (1967), and Satir (1964). Though instructional videotape has been utilized in empirical studies in other professions such as business management, nursing, and parent-training, little research has been done to examine the use of instructional videotape to increase the effectiveness of marital satisfaction for couples in counseling and in couples who are not in counseling. An instructional videotape was designed and created to teach communication, problem-solving, and conflict-resolution skills to couples. Variables examined included marital satisfaction, communication, problem-solving, and conflict-resolution skills learned from the instructional videotape, and satisfaction with counseling. Instruments used included the Marital Satisfaction Inventory, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Relationship Skills Checklist, and the Client Satisfaction Scale. Subjects consisted of couples who came for counseling at three independent counseling centers and a group of couples, not in counseling, who were obtained through church groups. Subjects were randomly assigned to view the instructional videotape or listen to a cassette of recorded music. Couples completed pretests at the beginning of the study and posttests six weeks later. Differences between the pretest and posttest scores were examined to compare couples who used the videotape with couples who did not use the videotape on the variables of interest .

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1996
Marriage counseling
Conflict management $x Audio-visual aids
Communication $x Audio-visual aids

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