An Evaluation of the Minnesota Couple Communication Program Upon Communication of Married Couples

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Kenneth U. Gutsch

Advisor Department



Statement of the Problem. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of the Minnesota Couple Communication Program (MCCP) upon the self-report of marital communication and marital adjustment as well as upon the behavioral assessment of positive communication between married partners. The effects of giving married couples attention and structuring their time so that they would reflect upon the quality of their marital relationship were also explored. Sample. The sample population was drawn from the local community of Big Spring, Texas. All participants were volunteers who were not currently in marital therapy and were interested in learning more effective relationship skills through involvement in a marital enrichment program. Procedure. A total number of 30 married couples was recruited to participate in the study. These were randomly assigned to one of the following three treatment conditions: (1) Minnesota Couple Communication Program; (2) Attention Placebo Control Group; (3) No Treatment Control Group. Before treatment began, all subjects were administered the Modified Form of the Locke Marital Adjustment Scale as a pretest. The No Treatment Control Group (NTC) was then dismissed until posttesting, while the MCCP and Attention Placebo Control (APC) groups met with the instructors one night per week for four weeks. Of the 30 couples beginning the study, 18 couples followed through and completed training and posttesting. All subjects were posttested with the Modified Form of the Locke Marital Adjustment Scale, the Marital Communication Inventory, and the Inventory of Marital Conflicts. A two-way analysis of covariance was performed on obtained data with the .05 level set as the statistically significant level. Multiple comparisons were done by using the Dunn's Test for apriori and Scheffe Test for aposteriori hypotheses. Significant Findings. The following findings are indicated from this study: (1) Participation in the Minnesota Couple Communication Program training yielded a significantly higher level of marital adjustment and positive marital communication than did participation in an Attention Placebo or No Treatment control condition; (2) Participants in the Minnesota Couple Communication Program reported significantly higher levels of marital communication than did the No Treatment control group; (3) While Minnesota Couple Communication Program participants did report better marital communication than did the Attention Placebo group, this difference was not found to be statistically significant.