Does Involvement in Relationship Education Affect Children’s Social Skills?

by Jennifer Griffith

The Bottom Line (at the Top): The ultimate goal of RE is to improve children’s lives. This study found that mothers participation in a RE program improved their coparenting skills which in turn led to better social skills for their children at school. RE programs can affect more than couple relationships.

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Are Relationship Educators Front-line Public Health Workers?

by Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom-line (at the Top): A strong body of research shows that feeling socially connected and especially having high-quality close relationships leads to better health. Relationship educators who are helping couples to form and sustain healthy relationships and marriages are contributing to better health outcomes in society.

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How Does Relationship Education Impact Relationship Hope?

by Dr. Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom Line (at the Top): Many RE participants begin programs with low levels of hope for the future of their relationship. But when they learn better interaction skills, they increase their relationship hope.

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Online RE Programs and IPV

The Effectiveness of Online RE Programs with Couples Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

by Jennifer Griffith

The Bottom Line (at the Top): Many couples who participate in RE programs have experienced some lower levels of intimate partner violence. This study suggests that couples who have experienced some intimate partner violence can improve their relationship by participating in an online RE program.

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Is Communication Key?

How Communication-Skills Training in Relationship Education Affects Couple Relationships

by Jennifer Griffith

The Bottom Line (at the Top): Some critics don’t think learning better communication skills in RE programs is responsible for any improvements seen in couple relationships. This study begs to differ. Improved communication leads to improved satisfaction.

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