Shifting the Relationship Education Field to Prioritize Youth Relationship Education
Couple and Relationship Education (CRE), emerging adulthood, premarital education, prevention approaches
The field of couple and relationship education is dominated by a focus on helping committed couples strengthen their relationship. This article reviews several lines of research to argue that the field should give greater priority to youth relationship education—individually oriented relationship literacy education for adolescents and young adults. Serious problems are common in adolescent and young adult romantic relationships and increasing numbers of youth follow paths from adolescence to marriage that make it harder for them to form and sustain a healthy marriage. Early evidence on the effectiveness of individually oriented youth relationship education provides some reason for optimism. The article concludes by exploring implications of this proposed shift in the field for practice and policy.
Original Publication Citation
Hawkins, A. J. (2017). Shifting the relationship education field to prioritize youth relationship education. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hawkins, Alan J., "Shifting the Relationship Education Field to Prioritize Youth Relationship Education" (2017). Faculty Publications. 4250.
Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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