DOI: 10.1111/fare.12986 ISSN: 0197-6664

Acceptability and feasibility of an intervention for Alaska Native and American Indian couples

Jaedon P. Avey, Kyle Wark, Polly Andrews, James Donadio, Thomas Bradbury, Bobbi Outten
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education



This acceptability and feasibility study assessed a previously tested movie discussion intervention culturally adapted for a tribal health setting.


Despite family and relationships being important in Alaska Native and American Indian (ANAI) cultures, social health interventions supporting committed ANAI couples have not been investigated. Couples watching and discussing movies can promote and sustain relationship health as effectively as intensive skill‐building classes.


This study culturally adapted a movie discussion intervention. Multiple stakeholders guided adaptations, including changes to intervention duration, recommended movies, discussion guide, and study measures. Eligible participants were cohabitating adults in a committed relationship, with at least one person in the couple being ANAI. Participants watched and discussed movies over 4 weeks at home or in person. Study measures assessed demographics, relationship characteristics, and intervention acceptability and feasibility.


Twenty‐three couples participated: 87% chose at‐home participation, 70% completed the intervention. Almost 90% of couples felt comfortable discussing the movies, felt the discussion guide improved communication, and would recommend the intervention to other couples, but 26% were mildly stressed by the discussions.


This intervention was a feasible and acceptable way to help ANAI couples maintain positive relationship features.


This intervention could support ANAI couples in regions with limited access to behavioral health services.

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