Internet Based Relationship Education: A Randomized Controlled Trial Among Turkish Emerging Adults

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: Internet Based Relationship Education: A Randomized Controlled Trial Among Turkish Emerging Adults
Stream: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Ilkay Demir, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Turkey
Esra Işmen Gazioğlu, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Turkey
Çare Sertelin Mercan, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Turkey
Mesut Öztürk, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Turkey
Didem Varol, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Turkey
Yücel Sofuoğlu, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Turkey


The main purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of an internet-based relationship education program among Turkish emerging adults. The program aimed to promote healthy and safe relationship beliefs and skills among Turkish emerging adults. The program included eight modules focusing on power and control in romantic relationships, dysfunctional relationship beliefs, relationship decision making, and conflict resolution skills. A 2X2 randomized waitlist-controlled trial was used to test the effectiveness of the program. The participants who met the program criteria and who completed all the pre-post test measurements were 185 (150 female) emerging adults (M=21.06, sd=2.07) from several Turkish universities. The Turkish versions of the relationship deciding scale, intimate partner violence attitude scale-revised, self-efficacy in romantic relationships scale, relationship beliefs questionnaire, and the conflict resolution style inventory were used to collect the data. After the descriptive analysis and assumption checks, a repeated measures MANOVA procedure is conducted to analyze the data. The results of the analysis revealed that the participants showed significant increases in romantic self-efficacy, relationship deciding, information on danger signs, and positive problem-solving skills, compared to controls. The results of this study suggest that internet-based psycho-educational interventions may serve as effective, easily accessible, and low-cost tools to promote healthy relationship knowledge and skills.

This study was funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Project number: 120K934

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