Selected RE Publications
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Hawkins, A. J., Erickson Allen, S. E., & Yang, C. (in press). How does couple and relationship education affect relationship hope? An intervention-process study with lower income couples. Family Relations.
Simpson, D. M., Leonhardt, N. D., & Hawkins, A. J. (2017). Learning about love: A meta-analytic study of individually oriented relationship education programs for adolescents and emerging adults. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-017-0725-1
Hawkins, A. J. (2017). Shifting the relationship education field to prioritize youth relationship education. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2017.1341355
Hawkins, A. J., Higginbotham, B. J., and Hatch, D. J. (2016). Can media campaigns increase participation in marriage and relationship education? The case of the Utah Healthy Marriages Initiative. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 15, 19-35.
Hawkins, A. J., & Erickson, S. E. (2015). Is couple and relationship education effective for lower income participants? A meta-analytic study. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 59-68.
Hawkins, A. J. (2014). Continuing the important debate on government-supported healthy marriages and relationships initiatives: A brief response to Johnson’s comment. Family Relations, 63, 305-308.
Hawkins, A. J., Amato, P. R., & Kinghorn, A. (2013). Are government-supported healthy marriage initiatives affecting family demographics? A state-level analysis. Family Relations, 62, 501-513.
Hawkins, A. J. Stanley, S. M., Cowan, P. A., Fincham, F. D., Beach, S. R. H., Cowan, C. P., Rhoades, G. K., Markman, H. J., & Daire, A. P. (2013). A more optimistic perspective on government-supported marriage and relationship education programs for lower income couples. American Psychologist, 68, 110-111.
McAlllister, S., Duncan, S. F., & Hawkins, A. J. (2012). Examining the early evidence for self-directed marriage and relationship education: A meta-analytic study. Family Relations, 61, 742-755.
Hawkins, A. J., & Ooms, T. (2012). Can marriage and relationship education be an effective policy tool to help low-income couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships? A review of lessons learned. Marriage and Family Review, 48, 524-554.
Hawkins, A. J., Stanley, S. M., Blanchard, V. L., & Albright, M. (2012). Exploring programmatic moderators of the effectiveness of marriage and relationship education: A meta-analytic study. Behavior Therapy, 43, 77-87.
Fackrell, T. A., Hawkins, A. J., & Kay, N. M. (2011). How effective are court-affiliated divorcing parents education programs? A meta-analytic study. Family Court Review, 49, 107-119.
Fawcett, E. B., Hawkins, A. J., Blanchard, V. L., & Carroll, J. S. (2010). Do premarital education programs really work? A meta-analytic study. Family Relations, 59, 232-239.
Holmes, E. K., Galovan, A., Yoshida, K., & Hawkins, A. J. (2010). Meta-analysis of the effectiveness of resident fathering programs: Are family life educators interested in fathers? Family Relations, 59, 240-252.
Blanchard, V. L., Hawkins, A. J., Baldwin, S. A., & Fawcett, E. B. (2009). Investigating the effects of marriage and relationship education on couples’ communication skills: A meta-analytic study. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 203-214.
Hawkins, A. J., Blanchard, V. L., Baldwin, S. A., & Fawcett, E. B. (2008). Does marriage and relationship education work? A meta-analytic study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 723-734.
Hawkins, A. J., Lovejoy, K. R., Holmes, E. K., Blanchard, V. L., & Fawcett, E. B. (2008). Increasing fathers’ involvement in childcare with a couple-focused intervention during the transition to parenthood. Family Relations, 57. 49-59.
Hawkins, A. J. (2007). Will legislation to encourage premarital education strengthen marriage and reduce divorce? Journal of Law & Family Studies, 9(1), 79-99.
Hawkins, A. J., Fawcett, E. B., Carroll, J. S., & Gilliland, T. T. (2006). The Marriage Moments program for couples transitioning to parenthood: Divergent conclusions from formative and outcome evaluation data. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 561-570.
Hawkins, A. J., Carroll, J. S., Doherty, W. J., & Willoughby, B. (2004). A comprehensive framework for marriage education. Family Relations, 53, 547-558. [Reprinted in B. J. Bredehoft & M. J. Walcheski (in press), Family life education: Integrating theory and practice. Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.]
Hawkins, A. J., Roberts, T., Christiansen, S. L., & Marshall, C. M. (1994). An evaluation of a program to help dual-earner couples share the second shift. Family Relations, 43, 213-220.
Hawkins, A. J., & Roberts, T. (1992). Designing a primary intervention to help dual-earner couples share housework and child care. Family Relations, 41, 169-177.
Books and Edited Volumes
Hawkins, A. J., Fackrell, T. A., & Harris, S. M. (2013). Should I try to work it out? A guidebook for individuals and couples at the crossroads of divorce. North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Hawkins, A. J. (2013). The forever initiative: A feasible public policy agenda to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships. North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Fagan, J., & Hawkins, A. J. (2001). Clinical and educational interventions with fathers. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Book Chapters, Essays, and Cases (peer reviewed)
Markman, H. J., Halford, W. K., & Hawkins, A. J. (in press). Couple and relationship education. In APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Duncan, S. F., Hawkins, A. J., & Goddard, H. W. (2017). Marriage and relationship education. In Family life education: Principles and practices for effective outreach (pp. 157-184: Los Angeles: Sage.
Hawkins, A. J. (2015). Does it work? Effectiveness research on relationship and marriage education. In J. Ponzetti (Ed.), Evidence-based approaches to relationship and marriage education (pp. 60-73). New York: Routledge.
Erickson, S. E., & Hawkins, A. J. (2015). Relationship and marriage education for low-income couples: Strengthening stressed relationships. In J. Ponzetti (Ed.), Evidence-based approaches to relationship and marriage education (pp. 289-300). New York: Routledge.
Hawkins, A. J., & Florsheim, P. (2015). Opportunities and challenges in coparenting education. In M. Walcheski & J. Reinke (Eds.), Family life education: The practice of family science (3rd ed.) (pp. 97-106). Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.
Holmes, E. K., Cowan, P. A., Cowan, C. P., & Hawkins, A. J. (2013). A call for greater integration of marriage, fatherhood, and parenting programming. In N. J. Cabrerra & C. S. Tamis-LeMonda (Ed.) Handbook of father involvement: Multidisciplinary perspectives (2nd ed) (pp. 438-454). New York: Routledge.
Hawkins, A. J. (2012). Promoting positive pathways for youth and young adults to healthy relationships. In P. Noller & G. Karantzas (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of couples and family relationships (pp. 423-436). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
Duncan, S. F., Hawkins, A. J., & Goddard, H. W. (2011). Marriage and relationship education. In S. F. Duncan & H. W. Goddard (Eds.), Family life education: Principles and practices for effective outreach (2nd ed.) (pp. 164-190). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Dion, M. R., & Hawkins, A. J. (2008). Federal policy efforts to improve outcomes among disadvantaged families by supporting marriage and family stability. In D. R. Crane & T. B. Heaton (Ed.), Handbook of Families and Poverty (pp. 411-425). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Government Reports, White Papers, Research Reports, etc.
Hawkins, A. J. & VanDenBerghe, B. (2014). Facilitating forever: A feasible public policy agenda to help couples form and sustain healthy relationships and enduring marriages. Charlottesville, VA: The National Marriage Project.
Ooms, T., & Hawkins, A. J. (2012). Marriage and relationship education: A promising strategy for strengthening low-income, vulnerable families. In The state of our unions: Marriage in America 2012. Charlottesville, VA, & New York: National Marriage Project & Institute for American Values.
Scott, M. E., Moore, K. A., Hawkins, A. J., Malm, K., & Betz, M. (2012). Putting youth relationship education on the child welfare agenda: Findings from a research and evaluation review. Prepared for “It’s My Community Initiative,” Oklahoma City, OK. Funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Hawkins, A. J., & Fellows, K. J. (2011). Findings from the field: A meta-analytic study of the effectiveness of healthy marriage and relationship grantee programs. Washington D.C.: National Healthy Marriage Resource Center. Available at: http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org/resource-detail/index.aspx?rid=3928
Scholarly Blog Posts
Hawkins, A. J. (2017, August 23). Thinking about divorce doesn’t mean couples will follow through. https://www.divorcereform.us/thinking-about-divorce-doesnt-mean-couples-will-divorce/
Hawkins, A. J. (2017, May 10). The norm of marital monogamy is not crumbling. https://ifstudies.org/blog/the-norm-of-marital-monogamy-is-not-crumbling
VanDenBerghe, B., Hawkins, A. J. (2017, March 14). Make marriage great again. http://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2017/03/14/make_marriage_great_again_110187.html
Hawkins, A. J. (2016, November 17). Can couple and relationship education increase relationship hope for lower income couples? http://family-studies.org/can-couple-and-relationship-education-increase-hope/
Hawkins, A. J. (2016, June 21.) Change and stability in how couples think about divorce. http://family-studies.org/change-and-stability-in-how-couples-think-about-divorce/
Hawkins, A. J. (2016, April 7). Why government programs to help lower-income couples deserve a little more time. http://family-studies.org/why-government-programs-to-help-lower-income-couples-deserve-a-little-more-time/
Hawkins, A. J. (2015, November 12). How many married people have thought about divorce? http://divorcereform.us/how-many-married-people-have-thought-about-divorce/
Hawkins, A. J., & Allen, S. E. (2015, November 2). How many people have thought about divorce? http://family-studies.org/how-many-married-people-have-thought-about-divorce/
Simpson, D., & Hawkins, A. J. (2015, September 2). Who’s being served by government-funded responsible fatherhood programs? http://family-studies.org/who-is-being-served-by-government-funded-responsible-fatherhood-programs/
Hawkins, A. J. (2015, July 7). Who’s being served by government-funded relationship education programs? http://family-studies.org/whos-being-served-by-government-funded-relationship-education-programs/
Hawkins, A. J., & VanDenBerghe, B. (2014). Helping to break the cycle of family instability. http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/12/helping-to-break-the-cycle-of-family-instability.
Hawkins, A. J. (2014, April 2007). Results of the Supporting Healthy Marriage evaluation. http://family-studies.org/can-we-strengthen-marriages-results-of-the-supporting-healthy-marriage-evaluation.
Hawkins, A. J. & VanDenBerghe, B. (2014). What we can do about family instability. http://www.realclearpolicy.com/blog/2014/03/13/what_we_can_do_about_family_instability_872.html.
Hawkins, A. J. (2014, January 13). Yes, publicly funded marriage and relationship education can work. Institute for Family Studies. http://family-studies.org/yes-publicly-funded-marriage-and-relationship-education-can-work.
Hawkins, A. J. (2013). Facilitating forever. Coalition for Divorce Reform. http://divorcereform.us/facilitating-forever.
Hawkins, A. J. (2012). Helping couples in the divorce decision-making “wilderness.” Coalition for Divorce Reform. http://divorcereform.us/helping-couples-in-the-divorce-decision-making-wilderness.
Hawkins, A. J. (2011). A look at legislation and policy to strengthen marriages and prevent unnecessary divorces. Coalition for Divorce Reform. http://divorcereform.us/a-look-at-legislation-and-policy-to-strengthen-marriages-and-prevent-unnecessary-divorces.
Hawkins, A. J. (2011). Can some divorce really be prevented? Coalition for Divorce Reform. http://divorcereform.us/can-some-divorce-really-be-prevented.
RE Professional Service and Activities
Professional Service and Leadership
Member, National Advisory Board, National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education, 2012–.
Member, Research Advisory Group, Project Relate (Oklahoma Marriage Initiative), 2010–.
Utah Marriage Commission, Chair, 2009—2011, 2015- ; Member 2004–.
Director of the Research Hub of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (www.healthymarriageinfo.org), 2004-2006.
Visiting Scholar, Office of Planning, Research, & Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2003-2004. (Assisted with research associated with the federal healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood initiative.)
Associate Editor, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy: Clinical and Educational Interventions, 2008—2010; Editorial Board Member, 2011–.
RE Professional Honors
2013 Advancing the Cause Award, National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education
Trained PREP Instructor, 2013—present.
Utah Divorce Orientation Education Instructor 2012-2017. Mandated for divorcing parents; teach Utah County class. Also, developed an online divorce orientation program based on Should I Try to Work It Out? A Guidebook for Individuals and Couples at the Crossroads of Divorce. www.divorce.usu.edu.
YourDivorceQuestions.org. Website dedicated to answering common questions of those thinking about divorce.
Marriage Moments. (www.utahmarriage.org). Program to strengthen marriages during the transition to parenthood stressing the virtues of partnership, generosity, justice, and loyalty in marriage. The program has been adopted online by the Utah Marriage Commission.
Sharing the Second Shift. This program was designed to help dual-earner couples work out mutually satisfying arrangements for sharing household labor and child care. It included 12 hours of instruction over a 6-week period, plus a pre-assessment, a post-assessment, and a 6-month follow-up. It was co-taught with Drs. Tomi-Ann Roberts and Christina Marshall. We have taught this class four times, and 33 couples completed the program. The program was variously sponsored by Cottonwood Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT, St. Mark’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT, and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Provo, Utah.