Empirically based couple relationship education

Halford, Kim, Petch, Jemima and Bate, Karina (2014). Empirically based couple relationship education. In Erika Lawrence and Kieran Sullivan (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Couple Dysfunction () New York, NY United States: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199783267.013.005

Author Halford, Kim
Petch, Jemima
Bate, Karina
Title of chapter Empirically based couple relationship education
Title of book The Oxford Handbook of Couple Dysfunction
Place of Publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199783267.013.005
ISBN 9780199783267
Editor Erika Lawrence
Kieran Sullivan
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Couple relationship education (CRE) is the provision of structured education intended to promote healthy couple relationships and prevent future relationship distress. CRE usually is brief, ranging in length from a single session (involving an assessment of the relationship with discussion of current strengths and challenges) to 12 to 14 hours of a skill-training curriculum. Research indicates that 10 or more hours of curriculum-based CRE produces short-term improvements in couple communication and relationship satisfaction; these findings have been well replicated. Though there is less research investigating the long-term effects of CRE, the available evidence suggests there is a benefit of CRE for couples at elevated risk of future relationship problems. Future research needs to further clarify which couples benefit from CRE, refine how CRE curriculum is tailored to address couples’ relationship needs, and enhance the reach of CRE to increase its community impact.
Keyword Couple Relationship Education
Marriage education
Relationship Enhancement
Divorce prevention
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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