A new study led by University of Rochester Professor Ronald Rogge has uncovered an effective, alternative marriage therapy–a self-help exercise in which couples watch and discuss romantic movies.
With marriages failing at an alarming rate, researchers have discovered a successful, perhaps less scary, alternative to relationship workshops—a movie-and-talk approach.
A study led by Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, concluded that watching and talking about five romantic movies was just as effective as the use of conflict management techniques or compassion and acceptance training.
Each of the three study groups mentioned above “halved the divorce-and-separation to 11 percent compared to the 24 percent rate among the couples in the control group… [which] received no training or instructions,” according to the study.
The benefit of discussing romantic movies with your partner lies in that it’s a “self-help” type of therapy.
“You might not be able to get your husband into a couples group, especially when you are happy,” said Rogge. “But watching a movie together and having a discussion, that’s not so scary.”
Why the need for an alternative?
Divorce rate estimates are hovering around 45 percent, according to Paul Amato, professor of family sociology and demography at Pennsylvania State University.
Other types of alternative marriage therapy
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