Title

Marriage Preparation Education Programs: An Assessment of Their Components

Keywords

evaluation, marriage education, marriage preparation

Abstract

In an effort to evaluate marriage preparation education (MPE) programs against recognized standards of program development, eight MPE programs were examined according to the four components (content, instructional process, implementation process, and evaluation process) of an evaluative model. A team of three researchers rated program components according to a determined set of rubric descriptors and offered qualitative comments associated with program utilization. Results showed that none of the selected programs scored consistently high or low on all program components measured. Most programs had research-supported foundations but were lacking in evaluation information and tools. Qualitative results highlighted strengths and weaknesses among current MPE programs. Recommendations are offered for improving MPE programs and professional standards in the field of MPE.

Original Publication Citation

Childs, G. R., & Duncan, S. F. (2012). Marriage preparation education programs: An assessment of their components. Marriage and Family Review, 48, 59-81.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012-02-08

Publisher

Marriage & Family Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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