Couple-to-Couple Mentoring: Study shows that couples with strong marriages may be able to play a significant mentoring role for less satisfied couples and become even stronger in the process

Sixty married couples took the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory and were divided into three groups: mentors who had strong marriages, distressed couples who wanted to be mentored, and a control group. The marriage mentors were trained on the PREPARE/ENRICH Program and used the ENRICH Couple Inventory and feedback focusing on 7 topics:

  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Finances
  • Family of origin
  • Children and parenting
  • Sexuality, and
  • Goals.

The Mentor couples all had a “vitalised” marriage and were paired with another distressed couple who had a “conflicted” or “devitalised” marriage. Pre and post-testing using ENRICH demonstrated significant improvements in the distressed couples. No change was made in the 22 couples in the Control group.

While five couples moved up two couple types (toward being vitalised), two couples moved up one type. Even though the Mentor couples were classified on ENRICH as “vitalised” (highest quality of marriage), they still improved their marriage significantly on six major areas: communication, conflict resolution, personality compatibility, roles, parenting and family/friends.

These results demonstrate that strong mentor couples can strengthen their own relationship as they positively impact the marriages of the couples with whom they work.

The study shows that couples with strong marriages may be able to play a significant mentoring role for less satisfied couples and become even stronger in the process.


  • McClurkan, J. S., The effect of couple-to-couple-mentoring on weak marriage relationships. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003.

Tune in next week for research and information related to marriage mentoring and the benefits to couples and marriage mentors through the mentoring process.

For more information on PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Mentor program or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich

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