Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): Putting Marriage on the Agenda: How Oklahoma Laid the Foundation for Its Marriage Initiative. Endnotes


1.  Holmes, Alexander, Donald Murry, Kent Olson, and Larkin Warner. Raising Oklahomas Personal Income:  Lessons from the Fastest-Growing States. State Policy & Economic Development in Oklahoma 1998:  A Report to Oklahoma 2000. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma 2000, Inc., 1998.

2.  A 1995 report from the CDC ranked Oklahomas divorce rate second highest in the nation (Marriage in America:  A Report to the Nation. Council on Families in America. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1995).

3.  Oklahomas marriage covenant outlined minimum requirements relating to preparation for marriage that clergy pledged to uphold when agreeing to marry a couple in their religious institution.

4.  The Center for Relationship Development was established to help students learn to build healthy, lasting relationships; to foster positive relationships with their classmates, roommates, parents, teammates, siblings, bosses, and potential marriage partners; and to solve relationship problems [http://www.spu.edu/depts/spfc/undergrad/ops/realrelationships.asp].  CLASP is a national nonprofit organization that conducts research, policy analysis, and advocacy and provides information and technical assistance to improve the lives of low-income people [http://www.clasp.org/about.php].

5.  Presented by the Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education, founded in 1996.

6.  Dion, M. Robin, Barbara Devaney, Sheena McConnell, Melissa Ford, Heather Hill, and Pamela Winston. Helping Unwed Parents Build Strong and Healthy Marriages:  A Conceptual Framework for Interventions. Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2003.  More information about marriage education can be found on the Smart Marriages website at [http://www.smartmarriages.com].

7.  This structure was established through the state's constitution in 1936.

About This Research Brief
This ASPE Research Brief describes lessons learned during the establishment of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, drawing on findings from an in-depth process evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. under contract to ASPE. This brief was prepared by Debra A. Strong. Other briefs in this series focus on specific aspects of the OMI's implementation, including its successes and challenges, and strategies used to address obstacles encountered.

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