The Challenges of Recruitment

By Sarah Hokanson

The Bottom-Line First: Recruiting lower income couples for relationship education is difficult. As relationship educators, we need to be intentional in planning for and carrying out effective recruitment strategies. This will require us to allocate more resources to our recruitment efforts. This study outlines challenges and successes practitioners have experienced in recruiting lower income couples. Continue reading “The Challenges of Recruitment”

Taking Account of Different Relationship-Belief Patterns in Relationship Education

By Sarah Hokanson

The Bottom-Line First:  People come to relationship education classes with different beliefs about forming and developing relationships. These beliefs invariably bring with them different needs. This study identified five different groups of relationship beliefs among participants and explored the risk factors associated with each group. As relationship educators, recognizing these groups can help us better focus on the needs of our clients. Continue reading “Taking Account of Different Relationship-Belief Patterns in Relationship Education”

Cultural Relevance in Couple Relationship Education Courses

Understanding African-American Participants

By Sarah Hokanson

The Bottom-Line First: A recent review of relationship education programs serving large numbers of African-American couples shows how including culturally relevant components in our relationship education courses can lead to greater positive outcomes for participants. Continue reading “Cultural Relevance in Couple Relationship Education Courses”