Assessing Marriage and Relationship Education Needs in Aruba
marriage and relationship education, needs assessment research
Research generally supports the viability of marriage and relationship education (MRE) for strengthening marriages. However, the research has generally been limited to middle-class, European American populations in the United States, with a more recent acknowledgment of the need for culturally relevant adaptations to increase the appeal and the efficacy of MRE programs for minority audiences. Using inductive, qualitative, focus group methodology, 57 Arubans were interviewed with regard to their concerns about marriage, their ideas for strengthening marriages, and their preferences and needs for MRE. The participants presented various concerns, which included lacking communication skills, infidelity, and economic strains. They also mentioned various preferences, such as having an instructor with credible life experience, using spirituality as a resource, and interacting via role plays or skits. Recommendations for the application of these preferences and other observations and possible directions for further study are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Smith, C. B., Duncan, S. F., Abell, E., & Ketring, S. (2014). Assessing marriage and relationship education needs in Aruba. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 13, 133-152.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Smith, Camilla Beckstead; Duncan, Stephen F.; Ketring, Scott; and Abell, Ellen, "Assessing Marriage and Relationship Education Needs in Aruba" (2014). Faculty Publications. 4652.
Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy: Innovations in Clinical and Educational Interventions
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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