An evaluation of Paired: developing mHealth relationship support (Open University internal funding: PVC-RES Pump Priming)

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Pilot evaluation of an app to support couple relationships

Our romantic relationship with our partner is one of the most important parts of our lives, having an enormous impact on our happiness, mental health and wellbeing, and the lives of our children. However, 1 in 4 couple relationships are considered ‘distressed’ and 40-50% of marriages end in divorce. Help-seeking for relationship issues is often poor or non-existent (as the research team's previous research shows). Among the minority who do seek advice, friends and family are the most common source, with only 4% seeking advice from a therapist or counsellor.

We are using the app 'Paired' as an exemplar, to explore proof-of-concept for mhealth relationship support. Paired is an app developed by the start-up company Better Half. It is designed to improve relationship quality through daily interventions and courses delivered by world-leading academics, psychologists and psychotherapists.

This university and SME project (led from the Open University) has designed and is completing a preliminary evaluation of the Paired app, and will build a consortium that will bid for external funding to develop and further examine the effectiveness and acceptability of the app as an mHealth initiative in the field of relationship education and support.
Short titlePaired pilot evaluation
Effective start/end date1/12/2030/06/21


  • The Open University


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