Effectiveness of the
The OurRelationship program has been shown to improve relationship functioning in four randomized clinical trials involving over 2,500 couples – more couples than has been included in any randomized trial of couple therapy. The OurRelationship program has been tested in both nationally representative samples (Doss et al., 2016; Roddy, Rothman, & Doss, 2018) and in samples of lower-income couples (Doss et al., 2020). Compared to couples in a waitlist control group, couples in the OurRelationship program experienced significantly greater improvements in relationship satisfaction, relationship confidence and emotional support, as well as greater reductions in break-up potential, conflict, relationship negatives, and intimate partner violence.
Participating in the OurRelationship program also results in significant improvements in various domains of partners’ individual functioning including depressive and anxiety symptoms, perceived stress, anger, problematic alcohol use, perceived health, insomnia, quality of life and work functioning, with notably larger effect sizes for those who started the program in the distressed range (Doss et al., 2016; Roddy, Rhoades, et al., 2020). Gains in both relationship and individual functioning were maintained one year following the completion of the program (Doss et al., 2019; Roddy, Knopp, et al., 2020). These findings also hold in other subpopulations such as same-gender couples (Hatch et al., 2020) and military/veteran couples (Georgia Salivar et al., in press).