The marriage checkup: Increasing access to marital health care
Despite the ongoing prevalence of marital distress, very few couples seek therapy. Researchers and clinicians have increasingly been calling for innovative interventions that can reach a larger number of untreated couples. Based on a motivational marital health model, the Marriage Checkup (MC) was designed to attract couples who are unlikely to seek traditional tertiary therapy. The objective of the MC is to promote marital health for as broad a population of couples as possible, much like regular physical health checkups. This first paper from the largest MC study to date examines whether the MC engaged previously unreached couples who might benefit from intervention. Interview and survey data suggested that the MC attracted couples across the distress continuum and was perceived by couples as more accessible than traditional therapy. Notably, the MC attracted a substantial number of couples who had not previously participated in marital interventions. The motivational health checkup model appeared to encourage a broad range of couples who might not have otherwise sought relationship services to deliberately take care of their marital health. Clinical implications are discussed. © FPI, Inc.
brief treatment, couples, marriage checkup, motivational interviewing, prevention, treatment seeking
Morrill, Melinda Ippolito; Eubanks-Fleming, Cj; Harp, Amanda G.; Sollenberger, Julia W.; Darling, Ellen V.; and Cördova, James V., "The marriage checkup: Increasing access to marital health care" (2011). Psychology. 53.