Do Premarital Education Promotion Policies Work?

Tiffany L. Clyde and Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom-line (at the Top). 10 states have adopted policies that promote premarital education by discounting the cost of a marriage license for those who participate. Are these policies working? A recent study suggests that well-implemented policies appear to be having a small effect on divorce rates, perhaps preventing nearly 15,000 divorces. But few states have done a good job of implementing these policies. Continue reading “Do Premarital Education Promotion Policies Work?”

Online RE Program Produces Sustained Positive Results

by Devan Clayton

The Bottom-line (at the Top). Online relationship education (RE) programs, with their increased reach and reduced costs, offer the potential to improve relationships nationwide. The online OurRelationship program has been shown in previous nationwide studies to improve relationships and individual well-being shortly after the program. Are individuals and relationships better off a year after completing the online RE program? A recent study showed that the initial gains in the OurRelationship program were maintained at the 1-year follow-up. Continue reading “Online RE Program Produces Sustained Positive Results”

Changing Marriage Attitudes and Mental Health Among Youth:

What Could This Mean for Youth Relationship Education?

By Hailey Palmer and Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom-Line (at the Top): Recent research has found shifting trends among youth in two important areas: marriage attitudes and mental health. A substantial drop seems to have occurred in the percentage of youth who consider getting married to be important to them personally. Furthermore, researchers are finding large increases in mental health problems, such as depressionand anxiety, among teens. How might these trends affect youth relationship education? Continue reading “Changing Marriage Attitudes and Mental Health Among Youth:”

Improving Couples’ Relationship Leads to Improved Coparenting

by Devan Clayton

The Bottom-line First. The ultimate benefit of relationship education may be improving the well-being of children. A recent study shows how a home-visiting program for rural African American couples not only improves their relationship, but that an improved relationship leads to better coparenting. Continue reading “Improving Couples’ Relationship Leads to Improved Coparenting”