A study in the USA surveyed almost 1,000 couples who had been married five years or less (Risch, Gail S; Riley, Lisa A; Lawler, Michael G., Problematic issues in the early years of marriage: Content for premarital education. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 2003, 31, 253-26).
The top three problem and adjustment issues reported by this sample were:
- balancing job and family
- frequency of sexual relations
- financial issues
It would seem useful to keep these in mind when exploring couples’ PREPARE/ENRICH reports. Clearly, the Prepare categories dealing with Sexual Expectations/Relationship and Financial Management are relevant to the last two issues. Balancing job and family issues are likely to emerge when discussing the Leisure Activities and Couple Closeness and Couple Flexibility issues.
The Couple Checkup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The Couple Checkup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.
The Couple Checkup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customisation of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. The goal is for the Couple Checkup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.