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Balancing work and relationship: couples coping enhancement training (CCET) in the workplace


Schär, M; Bodenmann, Guy; Klink, T (2008). Balancing work and relationship: couples coping enhancement training (CCET) in the workplace. Applied Psychology, 57(s1):71-89.

Abstract

The current study is among the first to address the question of efficacy of a couple-oriented prevention program in the context of workplace. As many spill-over and cross-over effects between the workplace and couples’ private lives are known, such a focus seems promising. One hundred and fifty-seven couples participating in the study were randomly assigned to three treatment conditions: a couple-oriented intervention (Couples Coping Enhancement Training; CCET), an individual-oriented coping intervention (ICT), and a waiting list control group. Self-report data were collected at pre-test, post test (two weeks after the intervention), and at follow-up (five months after the training). Results are promising for the couple-oriented intervention that significantly outperformed both the ICT and the waiting-list control group. CCET participants scored not only higher in relationship variables (such as communication and dyadic coping) after the training but also in individual variables (e.g., burn-out). These findings support the notion that companies should invest more in the well-being of the relationships of their employees.

Abstract

The current study is among the first to address the question of efficacy of a couple-oriented prevention program in the context of workplace. As many spill-over and cross-over effects between the workplace and couples’ private lives are known, such a focus seems promising. One hundred and fifty-seven couples participating in the study were randomly assigned to three treatment conditions: a couple-oriented intervention (Couples Coping Enhancement Training; CCET), an individual-oriented coping intervention (ICT), and a waiting list control group. Self-report data were collected at pre-test, post test (two weeks after the intervention), and at follow-up (five months after the training). Results are promising for the couple-oriented intervention that significantly outperformed both the ICT and the waiting-list control group. CCET participants scored not only higher in relationship variables (such as communication and dyadic coping) after the training but also in individual variables (e.g., burn-out). These findings support the notion that companies should invest more in the well-being of the relationships of their employees.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Prevention, Workplace, Stress, Coping, Burn-out, Work-life-Balance, Couples, Switzerland
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:17 Dec 2008 14:11
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:38
Publisher:The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) / Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0269-994X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-0597.2008.00355.x

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