by Genny Lou-Barton
This two-year follow up study (that occurred across COVID) evaluated the effect of the Lasting Connection® workshop and Lasting Connection System® on participants who did and did not practice with the Lasting Connection System® at home. Workshop results improved cohesion in all couples, with the biggest improvement in couples’ scores going from distressed to non-distressed levels. Couples who used the Lasting Connection System® at home at least one to two times after the workshop improved in all areas; Consensus (decision making, affection and values) Satisfaction and Cohesion, compared to those couples who did not use the Lasting Connection System® at home.
The findings provide preliminary support for the effectiveness of the Lasting Connection® workshop and Lasting Connection System® in bolstering couples functioning and relationship satisfaction, and the use of the Lasting Connection System® as a take-home tool to increase affection, improve decision making and support long-term change in relationship satisfaction.
Reference: Lou-Barton, G. (2022). Outcomes of Building a Lasting Connection®: A pilot study, California School of Professional Psychology, and Alliant International University