Viewing Relationship Education through the Lens of Social Poverty

By Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom-line First. I have waited anxiously for Sarah Halpern-Meekin’s new book, Social Poverty, since I first heard her describe the study and writing project three years ago. I wasn’t disappointed. Her analysis of low-income parents’ lives and their experiences trying to strengthen their relationships for the sake of their children provides a clearer lens with which to view relationship education and federal policies to help low-income couples strengthen their relationships. Continue reading “Viewing Relationship Education through the Lens of Social Poverty”

How Does Relationship Education Impact Relationship Hope?

by Dr. Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom Line (at the Top): Many RE participants begin programs with low levels of hope for the future of their relationship. But when they learn better interaction skills, they increase their relationship hope.

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Is Communication Key?

How Communication-Skills Training in Relationship Education Affects Couple Relationships

by Jennifer Griffith

The Bottom Line (at the Top): Some critics don’t think learning better communication skills in RE programs is responsible for any improvements seen in couple relationships. This study begs to differ. Improved communication leads to improved satisfaction.

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