Provided below are abstracts for all of the journal articles that have been published on ePREP.
Computer-based Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence in Marriage
Scott R. Braithwaite, Frank D. Fincham, Computer-based prevention of intimate partner violence in marriage, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Volume 54, March 2014, Pages 12-21, ISSN 0005-7967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.12.006.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common, costly societal problem. Interventions designed to reduce IPV recidivism have had limited success but primary prevention efforts are likely to be more effective in reducing the occurrence of IPV. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a computer-based preventive intervention (ePREP) on IPV in a sample of married, community couples.
We employed a randomized clinical trial design comparing ePREP to an active placebo control group. Using a community sample of 52 married couples (21% Black, 3% Asian, 65% White, 7% Latino, 4% Mixed/biracial) who had been married, on average, 4.3 years, we examined the impact ePREP on IPV as measured by self and partner reports of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale. We assessed couples at baseline, six-weeks post-baseline, and one-year post-baseline. We used the Actor Partner Interdependence Model with treatment effects to analyze the obtained dyadic data.
We found that ePREP reduced physical and psychological aggression among married couples (on average across informants, a 90% reduction in expected counts of physical aggression, and a 0.18 standard deviation reduction in psychological aggression) and that these gains were maintained at a 1-year follow-up assessment.
Interventions that can be delivered widely and at a low-cost will increase the likelihood of reaching those who will benefit most from receiving them. Implications for implementing flexible interventions and changing our approach to treatment delivery are discussed.
Computer-based Dissemination: A Randonmized Clinical Trail of ePREP Using the Actor Partner Interdependence Model
Scott R. Braithwaite, Frank D. Fincham, Computer-based dissemination: A randomized clinical trial of ePREP using the actor partner interdependence model, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Volume 49, Issue 2, February 2011, Pages 126-131, ISSN 0005-7967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2010.11.002.
The most pressing challenge facing our field is to close the gap between the need for evidence based treatment and our ability to effectively provide it. We illustrate how an empirically supported treatment can be adapted for computerized administration to maximize the likelihood of widespread dissemination. This randomized clinical trial shows how computer-based treatments can be effectively used to increase flexibility in reaching target populations. Using the actor partner interdependence model, we found that, compared to those who received a placebo intervention, ePREP participants demonstrated better mental health and relationship functioning at a six-week follow up. Those who engaged more fully in the intervention and mastered the communication techniques generally experienced superior outcomes. Implications of and recommendations for computer-based dissemination are discussed.
A Randonmized Clinical Trial of a Computer Based Preventive Intervention: Replication and Extension of ePREP
A randomized clinical trial of a computer based preventive intervention: Replication and extension of ePREP. Braithwaite, Scott R.; Fincham, Frank D. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 23(1), Feb 2009, 32-38. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 23(1), Feb 2009, 32-38
This randomized clinical trial replicated the efficacy of the ePREP preventive intervention for mental health and relationship relevant outcomes in a sample of 77 college students. It extended previous research by demonstrating efficacy at a 10-month follow up. Participants in the ePREP condition experienced improved mental health and relationship relevant outcomes relative to those who received a placebo intervention. The impact of the ePREP intervention on these outcomes was durable to relationship dissolution with and without repartnering. The flexibility of this intervention empowers it to overcome key obstacles in the dissemination of relationship education. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
ePREP: Computor Based Prevention of Relationship Dysfunction, Depression, and Anxiety
Scott R. Braithwaite and Frank D. Fincham (2007). ePREP: Computer Based Prevention of Relationship Dysfunction, Depression and Anxiety. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology: Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 609-622. DOI: 10.1521/jscp.2007.26.5.609
This study evaluated the efficacy of a computer based relationship focused preventive intervention (ePREP) relative to a depression and anxiety focused computer–based preventive intervention (CBASP) and a control group. Ninety one young adults in dating relationships were randomly assigned to one of the three conditions. Assessments were conducted at baseline and at an eight week follow up. Participants in the ePREP and CBASP interventions experienced significantly reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety and significant improvements in relationship relevant variables relative to controls. The outcomes from the two treatment conditions did not significantly differ from one another. These findings suggest that computer–based preventive interventions may be a viable and efficacious means for preventing depression, anxiety, and relationship distress.
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