Performance Improvement 2011-2012. Does A Marriage and Relationship Education Program Increase the Relationship Quality of Unwed Couples or The Likelihood That They Will Get Married or Remain Romantically Involved?


This study tested relationship skills education programs for unwed parents.

The programs had limited effects on participating couples. Averaging results across the eight local programs that participated in the evaluation, the programs had no effect on the couples' relationship quality or on the likelihood that they would remain romantically involved or get married within 15 months after they enrolled in the program. Only one of the eight programs had a consistent pattern of positive effects on couples' relationships, while another was found to have negative effects.

Report Title: BSF'S Effects On Couples Who Attended Group Relationship Skills Sessions: A Special Analysis of 15-Month Data
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Nancye Campbell, 202-401-5760
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9670 (Report completed June 15, 2011)

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