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

Case study

"The Marriage Course"

 

It is possible that a reader of this book may learn a great deal of the rationale and evidence underlying relationship education yet may still be none the wiser as to what a typical course involves. The Marriage Course is an excellent example of relationship education. It is not typical in that other courses mentioned in this book have a clearer empirical foundation (a detailed evaluation is currently underway). But it is very typical in that it is easy to access, easy to teach, easy to apply, and non-threatening. Nicky & Sila Lee’s description of their Marriage Course describes how it all works.

We felt it important to include this case study for one other reason. The Marriage Course is comfortably the most popular relationship education programme in the UK, with over 1,000 trainers registered and around 7,000 couples attending each year. As with other leading pioneers of relationship education, some of whom writing or described in this book, the Lees deserve great credit for opening up the market.