Integrating the Psychological Audit of Interpersonal Relationships into Short-Term Pastoral Marital Counseling – Help or Hindrance?
School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Michael C. Whittington
Integration, Marital Conflict, Marital Dissatisfaction and Satisfaction, Pastoral Counseling Model, Psychological Audit of Interpersonal Relationships, Short-Term Pastoral Marriage Counseling
Christianity | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion
Marsh, Floyd, "Integrating the Psychological Audit of Interpersonal Relationships into Short-Term Pastoral Marital Counseling – Help or Hindrance?" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1102.
This research project was undertaken to determine if integrating the Psychological Audit of Interpersonal Relationships (PAIR) test into a short-term pastoral marital counseling model would help or hinder the busy multi-tasking pastor in economizing his time and improving his effectiveness while counseling couples presenting with mild to moderate dissatisfaction. The PAIR test is a relationship compatibility inventory, used by psychologists, physicians, professional counselors, and licensed clinical social workers, which assesses 20 separate dimensions of interest, personality, behavior, attitudes, and values. The research findings of this study strongly suggest that the PAIR test, when integrated into the counseling plan, will help increase the pastoral counselor’s time efficiency and efficacy in uncovering and biblically addressing the key issues and areas of current marital conflict, thereby improving the distressed couple’s understanding of themselves and their ability to resolve conflict, resulting in a decrease of marital dissatisfaction and the enhancement of their overall relationship.