Do Expectations Of Divorce Affect Forming Marriages?

by Devan Clayton and Alan Hawkins

The Bottom-line First. A large majority of young adults still desire to marry. With their high hopes, however, they also recognize the risks for divorce. Those who have witnessed family instability or divorce firsthand think about their own potential for divorce. Even young adults from strong families are aware of the risks of divorce. A recent study found that young adults’ greater expectations for divorce increased the likelihood that they were unmarried and that their first union was a cohabiting union. Continue reading “Do Expectations Of Divorce Affect Forming Marriages?”

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”

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”