What works in Relationship Education?

Lessons from Academics and Service Deliverers in the United States and Europe

 

Chapter descriptions

 

From the editors

Preface

Introduction

Background

Relationship education

Pre-relationship Education

Cohabitation and relationship education

Singles and other cultures

Challenges facing educators

Practical

Early interventions

Coping with stress

Screening distressed couples

Case study "The Marriage Course"

Policy

United States

Norway

Malta

 

chapter Downloads

 

From the editors

Callan

Benson

Background

Stanley & Rhoades

Rhoades & Stanley

Benson

Markman et al

Doss

Practical

Mansfield

Widmer & Bodenmann

Snyder et al

Lee & Lee

Policy

Coffin

Helskog

Abela

 

Referencing these chapters

About this book

“What works in relationship education?”

For years, western nations have experienced huge changes in family life. The most prominent of those changes has been a steady and relentless reduction in family stability and increase in family breakdown. Until recently, the prevailing assumption appears to have been that such change is inevitable, that family breakdown is largely unavoidable. It is not.

This book is all about relationship education, the teaching and coaching of individuals and couples on how to have a happy, healthy and stable relationship. Relationship education can contribute significantly to an overall strategy geared towards stemming and turning back the rising tide of family breakdown.

It is a collection of papers, originally presented at a conference held in the House of Commons in September 2008, written by some of the leading relationship education researchers and practitioners in the US and Europe.

Through the generosity of the funders, all of these papers are available for free download.

For policy-makers, commentators, practitioners and ordinary members of the public who are no longer prepared to accept the inevitability of family breakdown, this collection offers many compelling rays of hope, grounded in top quality research and practice.