marriage/relationship education, couples' communication, meta-analysis
This meta-analysis probes into previous research substantiating the positive effects of marriage and relationship education (MRE) on couples' communication skills. We reviewed 97 MRE research reports that yielded 143 distinct evaluation studies. We found modest evidence that MRE functions both as a universal prevention and as a selective or indicated prevention. That is, MRE demonstrates program effects at longer term follow-ups for more distressed couples. In addition, we found that observational assessments produced larger effects than self-report assessments, although interpreting the meaning of this difference is difficult.
Original Publication Citation
Blanchard, V. L., Hawkins, A. J., Baldwin, S. A., & Fawcett, E. B. (2009). Investigating the effects of marriage and relationship education on couples’ communication skills: A meta-analytic study. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 203-214.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Blanchard, Victoria L.; Hawkins, Alan J.; Baldwin, Scott A.; and Fawcett, Elizabeth B., "Investigating the Effects of Marriage and Relationship Education on Couples' Communication Skills: A Meta-Analytic Study" (2009). Faculty Publications. 4226.
Journal of Family Psychology
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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