The impact of PREPARE on engaged couples: Variations by delivery format

Ted G. Futris, Allen W. Barton, Tiffiany M. Aholou, Desiree M. Seponski

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To further advance our understanding of the efficacy of inventorybased premarital education programs, this study examined whether the effects of the PREPARE program varied by delivery format. Following participation in the program, engaged couples exhibited positive gains in knowledge, felt more confident in their relationship, engaged in more positive conflictmanagement behaviors, and felt more satisfied with their relationship. No differences were found between participants who completed a series of conjoint sessions versus a 1-day group workshop. These findings highlight the robustness of premarital education and suggest group workshops can have similar effectiveness as the more prevalent conjoint sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-86
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Premarital education
  • Prevention
  • Program evaluation
  • Relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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