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Bringing couples of various relationship stages together in one group can lead to a dynamic experience for all

The PREPARE/ENRICH Group Program lends itself well to a retreat format as it allows for a combination of teaching, small groups, and break-out time for couples. The Group Program outlines ten sessions but you may use only the sessions that work for the time you have or items that have been raised by the group. The first session is written as an introductory session and the last as a wrap-up. All other sessions need not be delivered in consecutive order.

Descriptive Analysis of Strengths of PREPARE/ENRICH Group Program

The theoretical underpinnings of the PREPARE/ENRICH program (2008) are based on assumptions that quality marital relationships can be predicted from premarital relationship factors (Olson & Olson-Sigg, 1999). The preventive approach of this program focuses on identifying factors related to marital success, assessing couples on those factors, giving couples feedback and exercises designed to help them deal with problem areas, and to provide couples with skill-building exercises that focus on communication and conflict resolution.

Financial Stress and Premarital Couples

An Australian study has shown that there is a strong link between experience of financial hardship and personal psychological distress (Creed, P.A., & Miller, J. Psychological distress in the labour market: Shame or deprivation? Australian Journal of Psychology, 2006, 58, 31-39). One point made by the authors is that financial distress reduces a person’s capacity to plan and interferes with planning for a meaningful future. It is this that primarily reduces psychological wellbeing.

The golden rule of budgeting: Spend less than you earn and save and invest the rest

Money is a powerful word that conjures up a number of emotions, among them lust, envy, fear, anger, hope, scorn and disgust. Little wonder then, that the most common source of disagreement in families in Australia is money. In fact, 37 percent of all married couples indicate that the number one problem in their marriage is #money.

Working with Conflicted and Devitalised Couples (Part 2)

The PREPARE/ENRICH Couple Typology is based on patterns in couple’s scores across nine relationship areas. Statistical analysis has identified four types of premarital couples and five types of married couples. These types are labeled in order from healthiest to least healthy:

Working with Conflicted and Devitalised Couples

The PREPARE/ENRICH Couple Typology is based on patterns in couple’s scores across nine relationship areas. Statistical analysis has identified four types of premarital couples and five types of married couples. These types are labeled in order from healthiest to least healthy:

Are our issues normal? The Value of the Feedback Process for Couples in all life stages

The PREPARE/ENRICH Inventories have been designed so facilitators can give constructive feedback to couples. The feedback process is designed to help facilitators work more effectively with couples. While we encourage facilitators to follow this process initially, you should also feel free to experiment and build upon it.

PREPARE couple types are highly predictive of separation/divorce, unhappy or happy marriage

Following on from the definition of the four types of premarital couples based on PREPARE - Vitalised, Harmonious, Conventional, and Conflicted (plus Devitalised for married couples) - it was found that the couple types are highly predictive of which couples eventually become separated/divorced, unhappily married or happily married (Fowers, Montel, and Olson, 1996).

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