Using the results of 65 reports, this study examined the effect of marriage and relationship education (MRE) on couples' communication, and accounted for various moderators of this effect, including method of assessment and unit of analysis. This study is part of a comprehensive meta-analysis of MRE evaluation research conducted since 1975 (k = 124 codable reports). Overall, MRE produced modest but reliable effects on couples' communication. These effects were maintained at follow-up assessments and were not affected significantly by publication bias. No differences in effect were found for gender. Observational assessments did produce larger effects than self-report assessments. MRE produced the largest effect on positive conflict resolution outcomes. These results have important implications for research, intervention, and policy.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Blanchard, Victoria Lael, "Does Marriage and Relationship Education Improve Couples' Communication? A Meta-Analytic Study" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 1319.
marriage education, relationship education, meta-analysis, couples' communication