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Effectiveness of the Gottman Method

There have been three published outcome studies to date with randomized clinical trials on Gottman Method programs:

  1. A component analysis of a brief psycho-educational couples’ workshop: one-year follow-up results, Journal of Family Therapy, Babcock, J. C., Gottman, J. M., Ryan, K. D. and Gottman, J. S. (2013). This is a dismantling study of the two-day Art & Science of Love workshop with one year follow up.JohnJulieGottman (400x267)
  2. The Baby and the Marriage: Identifying factors that buffer against decline in marital satisfaction after the first baby arrives, Journal of Family Psychology, Shapiro, A.F., Gottman, J.M., and Carrere, S. (2000). Focuses on the study of the Bringing Baby Home two-day workshop; also reported in the Gottmans’ book, And Baby Makes Three.
  3. Outcomes are also presented in this series of papers treating situational domestic violence with very good results at 18 month follow up with observational, archival, and physiological data:

Reducing Situational Violence in Low-Income Couples by Fostering Healthy Relationship and Conflict Management Skills

Physiological Reactivity in Low-Income, Situationally Violent Couples: Impact of Conjoint Skills-Based Treatment for Couples

Creating Healthy Relationships in Low-Income, Violent Couples: Reducing Conflict and Encouraging Relationship Skills

Several other clinical trials on Gottman Method programs have been completed with overseas populations:

  • Emotion Coaching: Sophie Havighurst, Ann Harley and team of Melbourne, Australia completed a number of randomized clinical trials. Please see these papers on Tuning into Kids, Tuning into Teens, Tuning into Toddlers, and Dads Tuning into Kids:

Tuning In to Kids: An Emotion-Focused Parenting Program – Initial Findings from a Community Trial

Tuning in to Kids: Improving Emotion Socialization Practices in Parents of Preschool Children

Tuning in to Kids: An Effectiveness Trial of a Parenting Program Targeting Emotion Socialization of Preschoolers

An Emotion-Focused Early Intervention for Children with Emerging Conduct Problems

Tuning in to Teens: Improving Parent Emotion Socialization to Reduce Youth Internalizing Difficulties

Improving Parenting of Toddlers’ Emotions Using an Emotion Coaching Parenting Program: A Pilot Study of Tuning in to Todddlers

Tuning into Kids: Reducing Young Children’s Behavior Problems Using an Emotion Coaching Parenting Program

Dads Tuning in to Kids: Piloting a New Parenting Program Targeting Fathers’ Emotion Coaching Skills

  • Emotion Coaching: Dr. Christina Choi of Korea, has written several books and papers on the use of Emotion Coaching with the Korean population (check back soon for more information)

We are also currently conducting 3 randomized clinical trials, a replication and extension of the domestic violence study, a study on treating affairs, and a study treating addiction. See the book (October 2014 publication date) by John Gottman called Principia Amoris for the mathematical basis of Gottman work.

In addition to those listed above, below are other key articles reviewing the effectiveness of the Gottman Method. Also see complete research citations at www.johngottman.net

Empirical Basis for Gottman Couples Therapy

> Reliability & Validity of the Gottman Sound Relationship House Scales

Proximal-Change Experiment

Promoting Healthy Children by Supporting Healthy Couples: Impacts of Relationship Education for a Diverse Array of Couples

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