Higher Peaks in Relationship Education

by Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom-line First: The relationship education (RE) field has experienced a lot of successes over the past 20 years, but we can’t let this obscure our view of the higher peaks beyond. We need to raise our sites and become more innovative and strategic if we are really going to move the needle on the problems we are trying to address: family instability and social poverty. RE practitioners need to think more like public health workers. Here is a strategy for raising our sites for the next 20 years.  Continue reading “Higher Peaks in Relationship Education”

Can Community Marriage Initiatives Reduce Community Divorce Rates?

by McKell Jorgensen and Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom Line First:  A community-wide, religious-sector effort to increase participation in marriage and relationship education services in Jacksonville, Florida, appears to have reduced the divorce rate there by nearly 30%, 3 times more than in the rest of Florida. And a new initiative wants to fund other community efforts to replicate these results. Continue reading “Can Community Marriage Initiatives Reduce Community Divorce Rates?”