Marriage Education Reduces Military Divorces by Two-Thirds

There’s more evidence that marriage education works to prevent divorce. Marriage education involves teaching and practicing marriage skills such as communication, conflict management, etc., and is separate from marriage counseling or therapy.

John Crouch from The Family Law News Blog reported on a randomized study recently completed in the military which had a control group of couples that did not take classes, and randomly assigned couples who did take marriage education classes. The “PREP for Strong Bonds” program was delivered by Army chaplains. One year later, 2 percent of the couples who received marriage education divorced, while 6 percent of the control group divorced.

Other studies have also confirmed that professionally developed curricula is effective at reducing divorce, whether the education is delivered in a religious, ethnic or occupational setting.

Marriage education can be effective for engaged couples and couples who have been married for decades. Just a reminder that many organizations offer marriage education, often within different states or within religious organizations. In addition, if you can’t get away for an entire weekend, offers marriage education skills online where couples can have complete privacy and can go at their own speed.

The Divorce Delusion from NYT gives its take on what divorce looks like in modern America.

Related to last week’s post about how reading romance novels affects women’s relationships, a new study just came out that suggests reading romance novels may be hazardous to one’s health. (Someone seems to be on a campaign against romance novels.) The gist of it is that people who read romance novels are more likely to act like the characters in the books and eschew the use of condoms, putting them at risk for STDs or AIDS.

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7 responses to “Marriage Education Reduces Military Divorces by Two-Thirds

  1. Hey Lori
    You are singing my song and preaching my message. Marriage counseling has a miserable failure rate of about 75% on average. The main reasons are that they talk about feelings rather than teaching couples how to resolve their problems. The other problem is that it is delivered over months when it should be delivered over days.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

  2. I definitely agree! Couple’s Retreats would also help. As you talk and mingle with married couples who have been there, you’ll be able to get worthy tips from them…

  3. This is great,
    I once was at a smart marriage conference and heard Dr. Willard Harley alluded that there was no data that marriage preparation sessions were effective – it was so far back I am not sure if he said marriage counselling or marriage preparation. This report does help strenghten the case for more marriage classes and seminars.

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