Revising Premarital Relationship Interventions for the Next Generation
social trends, generations, marriage, engagement
In this article, we review research on contemporary social trends that influence the next generation's ability to form and sustain a healthy marriage. As a result, we argue for greater attention to premarital interventions for engaged couples to help the next generation address the potential challenges created by these trends. After we briefly review the current state of premarital education and counseling, we examine four general, interrelated social trends: individualism and commitment ambivalence, changing attitudes about marriage, premarital relationship histories, and the omnipresent media environment. In addition, we offer four general proposals corresponding to these trends that we believe will enhance the future effectiveness of premarital interventions. We urge premarital educators and counselors to evaluate their current interventions with these proposals in mind.
Original Publication Citation
Clyde, T. L., Hawkins, A. J., Willoughby, B. J. (2020). Revising Premarital Relationship Interventions for the Next Generation. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46, 149– 164.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Clyde, Tiffany L.; Hawkins, Alan J.; and Willoughby, Brian J., "Revising Premarital Relationship Interventions for the Next Generation" (2019). Faculty Publications. 4254.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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