Marriage Preparation Education Programs: An Assessment of Their Components
evaluation, marriage education, marriage preparation
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Childs, Geniel Rowley and Duncan, Stephen F., "Marriage Preparation Education Programs: An Assessment of Their Components" (2012). Faculty Publications. 4654.
Marriage & Family Review
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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