The RELAX Intervention
RELAX is an 8 week, 90 minute group-based intervention for adolescents and their families, that seeks to equip adolescents with coping, communication, and conflict management skills. Additionally, it provides parents with tools to help support their adolescents' use of these skills in daily life.
RELAX was piloted with 18 families in Spring 2019 and was found to result in large improvements in adolescent emotion regulation (i.e., managing negative emotions like anger, sadness, frustration) and communication, and reductions in family conflict. Additionally, parents made large improvements in their ability to support their adolescents during conflict discussions and in their own emotion dysregulation. Results from this pilot study are published in Breaux & Langberg, 2020 in Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.