Research using the RELATE Instrument

Journal Articles

  • Busby, D. M., Carroll, J. S., Willoughby, B. J. (2010). Compatibility or restraint: The effects of sexual timing on marriage relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 766-774.
  • Busby, D. M., & Compton, S. V. (1997). Patterns of sexual coercion in adult heterosexual relationships: An exploration of male victimization. Family Process, 36, 81-94.
  • Busby, D. M., & Gardner, B.C. (2008). How do I analyze thee? Let me count the ways: Considering empathy in couple relationships using self and partner ratings. Family Process, 47, 229-242.
  • Busby, D. M., & Holman, T. B. (1989). The influence of background variables and quality of the home environment on values: A path analysis. Family Perspective, 23, 203-2Busby, D. M., & Holman, T. B. (2009). Perceived match or mismatch on the Gottman’s conflict styles: Associations with relationship outcome variables. Family Process, 48, 531-545.
  • Busby, D. M., & Holman, T. B. (2009). The association between partner- and self-enhancement and relationship quality outcomes. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(3), 449-464.
  • Busby, D. M., Holman, T. B., & Taniguchi, N. (2001). RELATE: Relationship evaluation of the individual, family, cultural, and couple contexts. Family Relations, 50, 308-316.
  • Busby, D. M., Holman, T. B., & Walker, E. (2008). Pathways to relationship aggression between adult partners. Family Relations, 57(1), 72-83.
  • Busby, D. M., Gardner, B. C., & Taniguchi, N. (2005). The family of origin parachute model: Landing safely in adult romantic relationships. Family Relations, 54, 254-264.
  • Busby, D. M., Ivey, D. C., Harris, S. M., & Ates, C. (2007). Self-directed, therapist-directed, and assessment-based interventions for premarital couples. Family Relations, 56, 279-290.
  • Busby, D. M., Walker, E. C., & Holman, T. B. (in review). The association of childhood trauma with perceptions of self and partner in adult romantic relationships. Revised and submitted to Journal of Personal Relationships.
  • Carroll, J. S, Dean, L. R., Larson, L. & Busby, D. M. (2011). Materialism and Marriage: Couple Profiles of Congruent and Incongruent Spouses. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10, 287-308.
  • Carroll, J. S., & Doherty, W. J. (2003). Evaluating the effectiveness of premarital prevention programs: A meta-analytic review of outcome research. Family Relations, 52(2), 105-118.
  • Carroll, J. S., Holman, T. B., Segura-Bartholomew, G., Bird, M. H., & Busby, D. M. (2001). Translation and validation of the Spanish version of the RELATE questionnaire using a modified serial approach for cross-cultural translation. Family Process, 40(2), 211-231.
  • Carroll, J. S., Linford, S. T., Holman, T. B., & Busby, D. M. (2000). Marital and family orientations among highly religious young adults: Comparing Latter-day Saints with traditional Christians. Review of Religious Research, 42(2), 193-205.
  • Coyne, S. M., Stockdale, L., Busby, D. M., Iverson, B., Grant, D. M. (2011). “I Luv U :)”: A descriptive study on media use in individuals in romantic relationships. Family Relations, 60, 150-162.
  • Dagley, K.C., Sandberg, J.G., Busby, D.M., & Larson, J.H. Coming to Terms with Family of Origin Issues, Depression and Relationship Satisfaction for Native American Individuals in Committed Intimate Relationships. Submitted, Family Relations, November, 2011.
  • Dean, L. R., Carroll, J. S., & Chongming, Y. (2007). Materialism, perceived financial problems, and marital satisfaction. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 35, 260-281.
  • Draper, T. W., & Holman, T. B. (2005). Locating the big five personality factors in the RELATE relationship measures. Psychological Reports, 97, 877-886.
  • Draper, T. W., Holman, T. B., Grandy, S. B., & Blake, W. W. (2008). Individual, demographic, and family correlates of romantic attachment in a group of young American adults. Psychological Reports, 103(3), 857-872.
  • Draper, T. W., Holman, T. B., White, W., & Grandy, S. (2007). Adult attachment and declining birthrates. Psychological Reports, 100, 19-23.
  • Duncan, S. F., Holman, T. B., & Yang, D. (2007). Factors associated with involvement in marriage preparation program. Family Relations, 56, 270-278.
  • Duncan, S.F., Childs, G.R., & Larson, J.H. (2010) Perceived helpfulness of four different types of marriage preparation interventions. Family Relations, 59, 623-636.
  • Gardner, B. C., Busby, D. M., & Brimhall, A. S. (2007). Putting emotional reactivity in its place? Exploring family-of-origin influences on emotional reactivity, conflict, and satisfaction in premarital couples. Contemporary Family Therapy, 27, 113-127.
  • Halford, W. K., Wilson, K., Watson, B., Verner, T., Larson, J., Busby, D., Holman, T. (2010). Couple relationship education at home: Does skill training enhance relationship assessment and feedback? Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 188-196.
  • Holman, T. B., Busby, D. M. (2011). Family of Origin, differentiation of self and partner, and adult romantic relationship quality. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy,10, 3-19.
  • Holman, T. B., Galbraith, R. C., Timmons, N. M., Steed, A., & Tobler, S. E. (2009). Threats to parental and romantic attachment figure’ availability and adult attachment insecurity. Journal of Family Issues, 30(3), 413-429.
  • Holman, T. B., & Jacquart, M. (1988). Leisure activity patterns and marital satisfaction: A further test. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 50(1), 69-77.
  • Holman, T. B., & Jarvis, M. O. (2003). Hostile, volatile, avoiding, and validating couple-conflict types: An investigation of Gottman’s couple-conflict types. Personal Relationships, 10(2), 267-282.
  • Holman, T. B., Jensen, L., Capell, M., & Woodard, F. (1993). Predicting alcohol use among young adults. Addictive Behaviors, 18, 41-49.
  • Holman, T. B., Larson, J. H., & Harmer, S. L. (1994). The development and predictive validity of a new premarital assessment instrument: The Preparation for Marriage Questionnaire. Family Relations, 43, 46-52.
  • Holman, T. B., & Li, B. D. (1997). Premarital factors influencing perceived readiness for marriage. Journal of Family Issues. 18(2), 124-144.
  • Jensen, L., Newell, R. J., & Holman, T. B. (1990). Sexual behavior, church attendance, and permissive beliefs among unmarried young men and women. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 29(1), 113-117.
  • Larson, J. H. (2004). Innovations in marriage education: Introduction and challenges. Family Relations, 53, 421-424.
  • Larson, J. H., Anderson, S. M., Holman, T. B., & Niewmann, B. K. (1998). A longitudinal study of the effects of premarital communications, relationship stability, and self-esteem on sexual satisfaction in the first year of marriage. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 24(3), 193-206.
  • Larson, J. H., Blick, R. W., Jackson, J. B., & Holman, T. B. (2010). Partner traits that predict relationship satisfaction for neurotic individuals in premarital relationships. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 36, 430-444.
  • Larson, J. H., & Holman, T. B. (1994). Premarital predictors of marital quality and stability. Family Relations, 43 (2), 228-237.
  • Larson, J. H., Holman, T. B., Klein, D. M., Busby, D. M. Stahmann, R. F., & Peterson, D. (1995). A review of comprehensive questionnaires used in premarital education and counseling. Family Relations, 44, 245-252.
  • Larson, J. H., Newell, K., & Homan, T. B. (2007). The role of family environment in the dating relationships and readiness for marriage of young adult male survivors of non-familial childhood sexual abuse. American Journal of Family Therapy, 35(3), 173-186.
  • Larson, J. H., Newell, K., Topham, G., & Nichols, S. (2002). A review of three comprehensive premarital assessment questionnaires. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28(2), 233-239.
  • Larson, J. H., Vatter, R. S., & Galbraith, R. C. et al. (2007). The Relationship Evaluation (RELATE) with Therapist-Assisted Interpretation: Short-Term Effects on Premarital Relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33(3), 364-374.
  • Levine, L. B., & Busby, D. M. (1993). Co-creating shared realities with couples. Contemporary Family Therapy: And International Journal, 15(5), 405-421.
  • Martinson, V. K., Holman, T. B., Larson, J. H., & Jackson, J. B. (2010). Adult relationship satisfaction and coming to terms with family-of-origin difficulties. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 38, 207-217.
  • Parra Cardona, J. R., & Busby, D. M. (2006). Exploring relationship functioning in premarital Caucasian and Latino/a couples: Recognizing and Valuing Cultural Differences. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 36, 345-359.
  • Rowden, T. J., Stahmann, R. F. & Harris, S. M. (2006). Group premarital counseling using a premarital assessment questionnaire: Evaluation from group leaders. American Journal of Family Therapy, 34(1), 47-61.
  • Sandberg, J.G., *Busby, D.M., Johnson, S.M, & Yoshida, K. The Brief Accessibility, Responsiveness, and Engagement (BARE) Scale: A tool for measuring attachment behavior in couple relationships. Accepted, December, 2011. Family Process.
  • Stahmann, R. F. (2003). Reflections on traveling the road to marriage. Marriage & Families, January, 9-13.
  • Strait, J.G., Sandberg, J.G., Larson, J.H., & Harper, J.M. The Relationship between Attachment Related Family-of-Origin Experiences and Sexual Satisfaction in Married Couples. Submitted, January, 2011, Journal of Family Therapy.
  • Topham, G. L., Larson, J. H., & Holman, T. B. (2005). Family-of-origin predictors of hostile conflict in early marriage. Contemporary Family Therapy, 27(1), 101-121.
  • Vjollca, K.M., Holman, T.B., Larson, J.H., & Jackson, J.B. (2010) The relationship between coming to terms with family-of-origin difficulties and adult relationship satisfaction. American Journal of Family Therapy, 38, 207-217.
  • Walker, E. C., Holman, T. B., & Busby, D. M. (2009). Childhood sexual abuse, other childhood factors, and pathways to survivors’ adult relationship quality. Journal of Family Violence, 24, 6, 397-407.
  • Walker, E. C., Sheffield, R., Larson, J. H., & Holman, T. B. (2009). Contempt and defensiveness in couple relationships related to childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, published online.
  • Walker, E.C., Sheffiels, R., Larson, J.H. & Holman, T.B. (in press). Contempt and defensiveness in couple relationships related to childhood sexual abuse histories for self and partner. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy.
  • Williams, L. M. Riley, L. A. Risch, G. S., & Van Dyke, D. T. (1999). An empirical approach to designing marriage preparation programs. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 27, 271-283.
  • Willoughby, B. J., Carroll, J. S., & Busby, D. M. (in press). The effects of “living together”: Determining and comparing types of cohabiting couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • Willoughby, B. J. & Vitas, J. (in press). Sexual desire discrepancy: Incongruence in desired sexual frequency and actual sexual frequency among dating couples. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Wright, C. I., & Busby, D. M. (1997). Relationship satisfaction: Impact and consequences for women’s emotional health and treatment. Contemporary Family Therapy, 19, 443-460.

Papers/posters presented at a conference

  • Higgins, D. J., & Stahmann, R. F. (2001, October). The development of a research-based remarriage questionnaire. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Nashville, TN.
  • Halford, W. K., Chen, R., Watson, B., Busby, D., Larson, J. Holman, T., Wilson, K. (2010). Is information enough to help couples? Assessment and feedback as intervention. Powerpoint presentation.
  • McGrath, J. L. & Sandberg, J. Factors affecting relationship quality in African-American/Caucasian couples. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, September, 23, 2011, Fort Worth, TX. (poster)
  • Pereyra, S. B., & Sandberg, J. Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction in Latino Couples. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, September, 23, 2011, Fort Worth, TX. (poster)
  • Topham. G. B. S., & Larson, J. H. (1999, November). Mitigating negative family-of-origin influences on marriage, premaritally, using a multigenerational approach. Paper presented at the 61st Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Irvine, CA.

Books

  • Busby, D. M. (Ed.). (2000). Physical and sexual abuse in the family: Filling knowledge gaps for therapists. Iowa City, IA: Geist & Russell.
  • Busby, D. M., & Loyer-Carlson, V. (2002). Pathways to Marriage. New York: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Holman, T. B. (2001). Premarital prediction of marital quality of breakup: Research, theory, and practice. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  • Larson, J. H. (2000). Should we stay together: A scientifically proven method for evaluating your relationship and improving its chances for long-term success. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Larson, J. H. (2003). The great marriage tune-up book: A proven program for evaluating and renewing your relationship. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Loyer-Carlson, V., & Busby, D. M. (2005). RELATE users guide, second edition. New York: Allyn and Bacon. (non peer-reviewed).
  • Stahmann, R. F., Young, W. R., & Grover, J. G. (2004). Becoming one: Intimacy in marriage. American Fork, UT: Covenant Communication, Inc.

Book Chapters

  • Busby, D. M., & Killian, K. (1996). Premarital physical abuse of women by male partner. In Busby, D. M. (Ed.), The impact of violence on the family: Treatment approaches for therapists and other professionals (pp. 229-248). New York: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Holman, T. B. (1996). Commitment making: Mate Selection processes among active Mormon American couples. In Davies, D. (Ed.), Mormon Identities in Transition. London: Cassell.
  • Holman, T. B., Larson, J. H., & Stahmann, R. F. (2000). Preparing for an eternal marriage. In Dollahite, D. C. (Ed.), Strengthening our families: An in-depth look at the proclamation on the family (pp. 16-28). Salt Lake City: Deseret Book. [RELATE is discussed in the chapter].
  • Holman, T. B., & Martinson, V. K. (in press late 2006 or early 2007). Hope for adult children from dysfunctional family backgrounds. In Loveless, A. S., & Holman, T. B. (Eds.), The natural family in the third millennium: The place of family and parenting in human society. Volume 1. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
  • Stahmann, R. F. (2005). Practical suggestions for Everyday Marriage. In Klein, S. R., & Hill, E. J. (Eds.), Creating home as a sacred center: Principles for everyday living (pp. 339-347). Provo: BYU Press.
  • Williams. B. K., Sawyer, S. C., & Wahlstrom, C. M. (2006). Seeking: Finding happiness in relationships in a complex world. In Marriages, families, and intimate relationships: A practical introduction (p. 28). New York: Pearson.

Thesis / Dissertation

  • Brown, Andrew (2011). The relationship between male partner’s pornography use and couples’ attachment.
  • Carroll, J. S. (1998). The effects of conflict engagement in premarital couples on later marital quality: A developmental-constructivist approach. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Christiansen, M. C. (2003). The development and evaluation of a day-long premarital program utilizing the RELATE premarital inventory. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Doxey, C. (1994). Acceptance, involvement, and change of heart: Processes between married couples and their parents. Dissertation, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Elison, C. (2006). Layer theory of relationship development: Factors influencing couples’ relationship status. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Harmer, S. L. (1991). A predictive validity study of the PREP-M premarital instrument. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Higgins, D. J. (2001). The development of RELATE-RS: A remarital supplement for the Relationship Evaluation inventory (RELATE). Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Jarvis, M. O. (2000). Premarital precursors of conflict style in early marriage. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Martinson, V. K. (2000). Albanian family-of-origin and adult children’s relationship quality. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Kigin, M. L. (2005). At-risk individuals’ awareness, motivation, roadblock to participation, premarital interventions, and behaviors following completion of the REATionship Evaluation (RELATE). Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Kadi, V. (2005). How coming to terms with difficulties in the family-of-origin positively influences adult children’s relationship/marital quality. Dissertation, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Malnar, Marietta (2011). Predictors of parental approval of offspring’s marriage.
  • Mead, N. L. (2005). Personality predictors of relationship satisfaction among engaged and married couples: An analysis of actor and partner effects. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Meredith, D. B. (1998). Exploring the existence of premarital breakup types. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Meyer, Mallory (2011). Working Hard, or Hardly Working?  Comparing Relationship Self-Regulation Levels of Cohabiting, Married, and Remarried Individuals. Dissertation, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Pope, M. T. (2003). The influences of family-of-origin relationships on marital quality across the marital lifespan. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Poulsen, Frank (2011). Adult Attachment: A Framework for Predicting Dating Patterns. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Rhoades, C. J. (1994). A multivariate model of premarital predictors of marital quality and stability. Dissertation, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Root, Rachel (2011). Family of Origin Factors and Personal Resilience: Effects on Attitudes Toward Romantic Relationships of College Students. Dissertation, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • Roundy, Garret (2011). The relationship between relationship self regulation and attachment styles in marriage.
  • Rowden, T. J. (2003). Group premarital counseling utilizing the RELATE premarital inventory: Evaluation from group leaders. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Sine, L. L. G. (1999). A path model of couple intimacy: Examining the residuals of parenting style on young adult children’s heterosexual couple relationships. Dissertation, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
  • Smith. S. W. (1990). Development of a prototype of a new marital quality assessment device: marital appraisal of pair strengths and stresses (MAPSS). Dissertation, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Wilde, J. L. (2004). Get to class: the role of college education in evaluating the marital success predictors and outcomes of young adults in their 20’s. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Young, J. E. (2002). The development of an item pool for RELATE-A: An adolescent version of the RELATE premarital assessment questionnaire. Thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Research Grants

  • Busby, D. M. (2006-2008). Evaluating and nurturing couple relationship throughout marriage: An expansion of the RELATE program. A three year grant for a total of $25,000 funded by the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Busby, D. M., Larson, J. F., Holman, T. B. (2008-2010). Enhancing marital satisfaction and stability over time: Evaluating a customized flexibly delivered approach for couples. A two year grant funded for $5,963 by the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
  • Halford, W. K., Wilson, K. L., Occhipinti, S., Larson, J. Busby, D. M., Holman, T. B. (2010-2012). Enhancing marital satisfaction and stability: Evaluation of a population based approach. A three year grant for a total of $341,400 funded by the Australian Research Council.
  • Ivey, D. C., Busby, D. M., & Harris, S. H. (2001-2003). Premarital education: Evaluating the effectiveness of programs to strengthen marriage and reduce the incidence of divorce in Texas. A $185,282 grant funded by the Attorney General’s Office of Texas.

Programs

  • Loyer-Carlson, V., & Busby, D. M. Relate with your mate. Limited circulation.