Date of Publication


Degree Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Snarr, Associate Professor, Psychology


Romantic relationships are a satisfying and important part of people’s lives. Successful, healthy relationships produce general life satisfaction, health benefits, and other positive outcomes. With half of all marriages ending in divorce, it is essential that psychologists determine the predictors of relationship satisfaction and factors that play a role in maintaining a satisfying, healthy relationship. Previous studies have shown that communication, coping, and stress levels play a role in relationship satisfaction. Researchers have also found that mindfulness can positively effect relationship satisfaction. Therefore, it was hypothesized that a mindfulness-based stress management program, Unstress II, would improve relationship satisfaction in participants who were in romantic relationships. A randomized controlled trial was completed with participants from the students, faculty, and staff at the College at Brockport. The Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS) was used to assess participants before and after participation in Unstress II. Data were analyzed using a 2x2 mixed ANOVA, and results were statistically insignificant. Future studies should be done using a greater number of participants, and it is suggested that both partners in the relationship attending the Unstress II sessions.

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