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Effects of 'Hold me Tight', an Emotionally Focused Therapy-based relationship enhancement program for groups of couples.


- candidate number17025
- NTR NumberNTR4482
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR27-mrt-2014
- Secondary IDs2011-CP-1826  Ethical Review Board - Universiteit van Amsterdam
- Public TitleEffects of 'Hold me Tight', an Emotionally Focused Therapy-based relationship enhancement program for groups of couples.
- Scientific TitleHold me tight: Effectiveness of an Emotionally Focussed Therapy program for groups of couples
- ACRONYMHmT NL
- hypothesisIt is the aim of the Netherlands Hold me Tight (HmT-NL) study to evaluate effects of 'Hold me Tight', an Emotion Focused Therapy-based relationship enhancement program for groups of couples versus a waitinglist period on relational distress and mental health complaints.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studied
- Inclusion criteriaAdult (18 - 70 years of age) heterosexual couples suffering from relational distress and mastering the Dutch language are included.
- Exclusion criteriaExclusion criteria are a primary individual DSM-IV axis I or II diagnosis indicating different treatment.
- mec approval receivedno
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- TypeSingle arm
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-okt-2011
- planned closingdate1-jul-2015
- Target number of participants80
- InterventionsThe protocolized intervention is based on the official Dutch translation of the Hold me Tight program which was developed by Dr. S. Johnson in Canada. The program in this study will be provided by EFT therapists. Adherence to the protocol will be evaluated by examining random therapy excerpts by independent raters guided by structured checklists. During the 8 weekly 2 hour sessions the following themes are covered by the program: (1) psycho education about attachment in couples relationships, (2) identification of dysfunctional patterns of interaction (3) identification of reciprocal vulnerabilities underlying dysfunctional interaction, (4) resolving misunderstandings and creating a secure base, (5) open and responsive communication, (6) forgiving and building of trust, (7) touch and sexuality, and (8) relapse prevention.
- Primary outcome- Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), change from pre- to post-treament (8 weeks later) and during the 3 month follow up (2 and 12 weeks after treatment) - Communication Patterns Questionairre-SF change from pre- to post-treament (8 weeks later) and during the 3 month follow up (2 and 12 weeks after treatment) - Maintenance Behavior - General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) change from pre- to post-treament (8 weeks later) and during the 3 month follow up (2 and 12 weeks after treatment).
- Secondary outcomeDuring the time points as defined below: - Relational Interaction Satisfaction Scale - Maintenance Behavior - Daily coordination - Forgiveness - Self-Concealment Scale - Self Disclosure - Accessibility, Responsiveness, Engagement Questionnaire (ARE) - Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21)
- TimepointsThe study is based on a within-subjects design (waiting period, intervention and follow-up) in which subjects serve as their own controls. Assessments occur on the following time points: - prior to the waiting period of 6 weeks - pre-treatment - post-treatment (8 weeks later) - follow-up 1 (after 2 weeks) - follow-up 2 (after 12 weeks) - during the intervention weekly measurements are done regarding several potential moderators
- Trial web site
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESDr. H.J. Conradi
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESDr. H.J. Conradi
- Sponsor/Initiator University of Amsterdam (UvA)
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
University of Amsterdam
- Publications
- Brief summaryThe proposed research project concerns an effectiveness study of the 'Hold me Tight' program for groups of couples based on Emotionaly Focused Therapy (EFT) as developed by Johnson (2008). Hold me Tight is a protocolized program supervised by an EFT trained practitioner for groups of approximately 5 couples. Guided by the accompanying book and video couples develop communication and coping skills in dealing with reciprocal attachment-related vulnerabilities in 8 weekly sessions.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD27-mrt-2014 - 29-apr-2014


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