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Stress either begins or ends up in the relationship

In today’s fast paced society, it is impossible to avoid stress in our lives. A recent poll of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 47% of respondents feel more stress today than they did 6 months ago. The number one source of stress cited in the poll was “personal finance concerns” (Booth Research, 2008).

Research on Couple Types based on PREPARE and ENRICH

The Five Types of Married Couples study identified five distinct types of married couples from a sample of 6,267 couples, using the marital inventory ENRICH. Profiles were derived using a three-stage cluster analytic procedure, including an exploratory cluster analysis, a replication of the exploratory results, and a cross-validation. The five-cluster solution was robust. Vitalized couples (12%) reported high relationship quality on all dimensions. Harmonious couples (11%) had relatively high relationship quality. Traditional couples (16%) had scores that were slightly above average with markedly higher scores on parenting and religious scales. Conflicted couples (25%) were characterized by moderately low scores on all but the roles scale. The Devitalized couples (36%) had the lowest scores on every ENRICH dimension.

Research on Effectiveness of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program

To further advance our understanding of the efficacy of inventory-based premarital education programs, this study examined whether the effects of the PREPARE program varied by delivery format. 

MAREAA Victorian Branch State Conference 2014 for PREPARE Facilitators, Saturday 9 August 2014

A state-wide conference for both professional and voluntary practitioners interested in the field of marriage, relationship and family education.

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