Communication Skills vs. Mindfulness for IPV
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03672942|
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : September 17, 2018
Last Update Posted : April 18, 2019
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Domestic Violence Domestic Abuse Family Conflict Aggression||Behavioral: Communication Skills Training Behavioral: Mindfulness Behavioral: Placebo||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||50 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||random assignment to two active conditions vs. a placebo control|
|Masking Description:||couples are not informed as to what condition they are assigned|
|Primary Purpose:||Basic Science|
|Official Title:||A Proximal Change Experiment: Testing the Effects of Communication Skills Training vs. Mindfulness Techniques on Intimate Partner Aggression|
|Estimated Study Start Date :||September 15, 2019|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||September 15, 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||September 15, 2022|
Experimental: Communication Skills
Male and female participants will listen to a description of John Gottman's Gentle Start-up communication skills training exercise and practice the technique in the lab for approximately 8 minutes.
Behavioral: Communication Skills Training
Gentle start-up is one treatment technique in the Creating Healthy Relationship Program written by John Gottman, Ph.D.
Other Name: Gentle Start-up
Male and female participants will listen to a script about Acceptance/Willingness of unwanted emotions written by Amie Zarling and practice this technique in the lab for approximately 8 minutes.
Acceptance/willingness of unwanted emotions is treatment technique of Achieving Change through Value-Based Behavior (ACTV) written by Amie Zarling, Ph.D.
Other Name: Acceptance/Willingness of unwanted emotions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Male and female participants will listen to music in lieu for 8 minutes.
Couples randomly assigned to this condition listen to music on headphones. This may be considered an active placebo as it is similar to a Time Out technique taught in battering interventions.
Other Name: Time Out Condition
- Observed aggression [ Time Frame: 10 minutes: Change in observed behavior/emotion from first to second conflict discussion ]Specific Affect Coding System (SPAFF; Gottman, McCoy, Coan, Collier, 1996). SPAFF categorizes 16 emotions based on facial affect, vocal tone, body language, and content of speech.
- TAPS aggression paradigm [ Time Frame: 10 minutes: Change in aggression from first to second conflict discussion ]Overt aggression will be assessed using a modified version of the Taylor Aggression Paradigm (TAP; Epstein & Taylor, 1967). The TAP is an established method to study aggression in the laboratory. It is a deceptive, competitive reaction time task in which the participant competes against an "opponent" which is actually the computer program.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03672942
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|Principal Investigator:||Julia C Babcock, Ph.D.||University of Houston|