Connecting Families: A Relationship Enhancement Program

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Can identify positive things we can do as a couple to strengthen our relationship.
____ Total Score
Connecting Families Penn State Cooperative Extension
Program Evaluation 53 2004
Section Three Scoring Key
Total the participant demographic information to create a group profile.
Gender
___ MALE
___ FEMALE
Age
___ 18-25
___ 26-35
___ 36-45
___ 46-55
___ 56 OR OVER
Your current relationship
___ MARRIAGE
___ ENGAGED
___ REMARRIED
___ LIVING TOGETHER
___ DATING
Regarding your family while you were growing up:
___ TWO BIOLOGICAL PARENTS
___ SINGLE PARENT FEMALE
___ SINGLE PARENT MALE
___ BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND STEPFATHER
___ BIOLOGICAL FATHER AND STEPMOTHER
___ RELATIVES
___ OTHER
Describe yourself:
___ AFRICAN AMERICAN, NOT HISPANIC
___ AMERICAN INDIAN
___ ASIAN AMERICAN
___ HISPANIC
___ WHITE, NOT HISPANIC
Thank You!
Connecting Families Penn State Cooperative Extension
Program Evaluation 54 2004
Connecting Families Program Evaluation
Connecting Families Participant Pre and Post Assessment Tracking Scores Sheet
Section 1 Relationship Scores Section 2 Learning Scores
Participant
Code
Pre Post Pre Post Demographics
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Connecting Families Program Research Foundation 2004
Connecting Families Program Research Foundation
The Connecting Families curriculum has been developed based upon the research of
Dr. John Gottman. Dr. Gottman has provided a theoretical basis for marital dissolution
and stability through extensive research. He has provided the research basis for what
are the key indicators that lead to marital breakup.
Many factors come into play that influence the perception that individuals bring to a
relationship. Gottman’s research found that the critical factors that determine couple
distress are: the male’s rejection of the females influence, negative start-up by the
woman in situations, the inability of the man to be able to de-escalate in a negative
situation, and to be able to soothe his reaction physically and emotionally. When
negativity becomes the norm the couple easily reacts with a cascade of negative
reactions that leads to constant flooding.
Flooding leads to the relationship being cast in a negative perspective that becomes the
norm. When negativity takes over even positive actions are perceived from a negative
viewpoint. As time progresses the entire relationship loses it’s positive memories and past
events are cast in negative tones. Lastly, the couple moves into an emotional distancing
stance in which there is no closeness and shared emotional well-being.
Cascade of Negativity
Complain
or
Criticize
Defensive
Contemptuous
Stonewall
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Connecting Families Program Research Foundation 2004
The communication skill components of the curriculum reflect the research of Markman,
Stanley and Blumberg. These individuals developed and researched a couple
communication enhancement program, The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement
Program (PREP) that has received national prominence.
Following this overview of the curriculum’s research base, are research briefs that provide
more details about research that has been used in the curriculum’s development.

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"A strong, healthy relationship can be one of the best things that can happen to you. However, it can also be one of the biggest drains on you if the relationship is not working. Relationships are like bank accounts. The more you put in, the more you get back. Falling in love is the easy part, but long term relationships take work, commitment, and a willingness to adapt and change through life as a team. Learn about ways to keep a healthy relationship strong, or begin to today to work on repairing trust and renewing love for a relationship on the rocks".

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