Does Marriage and Premarital Education really improve Relationships?
The short answer is YES!
Extensive research shows that premarital and relationship education does in fact improve both the quality and duration of intimate relationships.
This is mainly achieved by exposing couples to communication techniques that improve understanding between them and encouraging them to explore their individual expectations of the relationship, and if relevant their expectations of marriage.
By exploring expectations, which in many cases differ (sometimes greatly), and learning useful communication techniques, intimate relationships can be made stronger and longer lasting.
Premarital and relationship education or is not a cure all for relationships, however research does show that couples who have experienced premarital, or other relationship education are less likely to see separation and divorce as an answer to their relationship problems. They also feel more prepared to handle any future issues they may meet.
When is the best time to start?
You certainly do not have to wait until problems surface in your relationship to seek relationship education. In fact, the real idea of premarital and relationship education programs, workshops and courses is to head off potential issues by arming you with the skills and knowledge you may need to deal with them before they occur.
Article By: Vision Counselling and Psychology, Perth, Western Australia
Web Address: www.visioncounselling.com.au
Published: 24/03/2016 Kruenegel-Farr, D., McEnturff, A., Acker, J., Jacobson, A., Kildare, C., & Hawkins, A. J. (2013), “Perceived Relationship Improvement from Premarital and Relationship Education”, Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 42(2), 98-109, Available: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fcsr.12045/abstract (Accessed: 2015, February 03). Image Reference: Dollar Photo Club