Becky Antle, PhD, Bibhuti Sar, PhD, Dana Christensen, PhD, Eli Karam, PhD, Fran Ellers, MSSW, Anita Barbee, MSSW, PhD, and Michel van Zyl, PhD, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville.
The Impact of the Within My Reach Relationship Training on Relationship Skills and Outcomes for Low-Income Individuals
Article first published online: 16 JUL 2013
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 346–357, July 2013
How to Cite
Antle, B., Sar, B., Christensen, D., Karam, E., Ellers, F., Barbee, A. and van Zyl, M. (2013), The Impact of the Within My Reach Relationship Training on Relationship Skills and Outcomes for Low-Income Individuals. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39: 346–357. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00314.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 16 JUL 2013
A federal grant was awarded to provide the Within My Reach healthy relationships curriculum to low-income, at-risk individuals involved with various social service agencies. The effectiveness of this curriculum was evaluated for 202 participants through measures of training and relationship outcomes pre-, immediately post- and 6 months posttraining. Participants experienced high levels of training satisfaction; significant increases in knowledge, communication/conflict resolution skills, and relationship quality; as well as a trend in the reduction of relationship violence. An important implication of this research is that MFTs may broaden their service delivery to at-risk individuals by collaborating with community agencies to adapt established relationship enhancement programs, evidence-based tools, and principles that complement traditional couples therapy.