Program Effectiveness for Different Couple Relationship Health Types

By Sarah Hokanson

Bottom-Line First: Some couples come to couple relationship programs distressed while others are functioning pretty well. A recent study found that the brief Couple Checkup program delivered to couples in their homes helped both struggling and well-functioning couples, but those struggling benefitted the most. Continue reading “Program Effectiveness for Different Couple Relationship Health Types”

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”

Taking Relationship Education to the People:

A Home-Visitation Delivery Method for the Relationship Checkup Program

by Hailey Palmer

Bottom-Line First: Every relationship educator knows of the difficulty of recruiting couples to take the time to participate in relationship education (RE) programs. But what if we could take our helpful interventions to them? A new home-visitation delivery model of the Relationship Checkup program shows benefits in providing positive RE opportunities for low-income, at-risk couples, especially for those who were experiencing more distress. Continue reading “Taking Relationship Education to the People:”

Good News about Innovative Delivery of Brief RE Programs

by Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom Line:  If relationship education (RE) programs are to help make a dent in the problem of family instability, they will need to reach more in-need participants. Making programs more accessible and less intensive should help with that. Two recent studies – one testing the effectiveness of online RE programs and a second study testing a brief intervention delivered at home – show that innovative programs can be effective for lower income couples. Continue reading “Good News about Innovative Delivery of Brief RE Programs”