THE INFLUENCE OF RELATIONSHIP ENHANCEMENT TRAINING ON DIFFERENTIATION OF SELF

Authors

  • John M. Griffin Jr,

    1. Boys Village, Seattle, WA
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  • Robert A. Apostal

    1. University of North Dakota
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    • b

      Robert Apostal holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massouri. He is a Professor of Counseling at the University of North Dakota and may be addressed at University Station, Box 8262, Grand Forks, ND 58202.


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    John Griffing holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota. He is the Aftercare Treatment Coordinator at Boys Village, 9740 8the Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

  • Requests for reprints and information on this research study may be obtained from John M. Griffin Jr., Boys Village, 9740 8th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

Abstract

The effectiveness of the Relationship Enhancement (RE) program (Guerney, 1987a) in increasing functional and basic levels of differentiation of self (Bowen, 1987a) was examined. Participants were 20 married couples who received training in relationship enhancement skills over six 2 1/2-hour sessions. Measures of differentiation of self, quality of relationship, and anxiety were obtained before and after training and at follow-up. The data show that significant increases in the functional and basic levels of differentiation of self occurred, a significant increase in the quality of relationship occurred, and significant negative correlations were found between differentiation of self and anxiety.

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