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Relationship dynamics: How Do Satisfied and Unsatisfied Couples Score in These Areas?

Based on research, PREPARE/ENRICH has discovered that there is a positive cycle linking assertiveness and self-confidence and a negative cycle linking avoidance and perceived dominance.

The 6 key areas of conflict in relationships: Managing Finances

Finances, Work (in and out of the house), Sex, In-Laws, Children and Technology are the six big areas that dominate conflict in most relationships. Ensuring timely and open communication and pragmatic approaches to discussing issues that arise in these areas will ensure our relationship is sustained for the long term.

Exploring family of origin and perfectionism

Relationship education provides an opportunity to work with couples' perceptions of their families of origin. In particular, it is worth exploring the possible impact of extreme, or unbalanced, family structures on how couples are likely to approach their own relationship.

Exploring family of origin and feelings of shame and parentification

Relationship education provides an opportunity to work with couples' perceptions of their families of origin. In particular, it is worth exploring the possible impact of extreme, or unbalanced, family structures on how couples are likely to approach their own relationship.

Exploring family of origin with rigid and enmeshed individuals

Relationship education provides an opportunity to work with couples' perceptions of their families of origin. In particular, it is worth exploring the possible impact of extreme, or unbalanced, family structures on how couples are likely to approach their own relationship.

The benefits of stable, loving relationships for men women & children

We all know that work life and family life are intertwined, and research supports this by demonstrating that companies benefit from employees who are highly committed to their roles as parents and spouses (Graves, et al, 2007). Conversely, employee performance and satisfaction occur easiest when outside influences like family are considered through workplace contracts and the provision of flexible work arrangements (Ford, et al, 2007).

International Women's Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Relationship Quality at home has a positive impact on Work Engagement

We all know that work life and family life are intertwined, and research supports this by demonstrating that companies benefit from employees who are highly committed to their roles as parents and spouses (Graves, et al, 2007). Conversely, employee performance and satisfaction occur easiest when outside influences like family are considered through workplace contracts and the provision of flexible work arrangements (Ford, et al, 2007).

Working with Cohabiting Couples Intending to Marry

Australian Bureau of Statistics information indicates that the proportion of Australian men and women cohabiting before marrying has increased threefold since 1977:

  • 1977 - 25% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 1987 - 42% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 1997 - 65% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 2007 - 77% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 2010 - 79% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 2016 - 81% of couples cohabited before marriage

Articulate relationship outcomes and put them where they can be seen

When couples put effort towards something, it can be helpful to foresee outcomes, and articulating those outcomes (relationship and family outcomes) and being mindful of them along the way will help guide the couple to find success through their relationship journey.

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