Researchers documented the design and implementation of Building Strong Families programs, described the services received and experiences of program group members, and analyzed characteristics of couples and programs that may affect participation.
The programs were implemented by non-profit and public agencies at 12 locations in seven states, and enrolled more than 5,000 volunteer couples, who were randomly assigned to an intervention or control group. The intervention featured up to 42 hours of multi-couple group sessions led by trained facilitators, focusing on skills that, according to earlier research, were associated with relationship and marital stability and satisfaction.
Report Title: The Building Strong Families Project: Implementation of Eight Programs to Strengthen Unmarried Parent Families http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/strengthen/build_fam/reports/eight_programs/final_impl_rpt.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Seth Chamberlain, 202-260-2242
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc
Record ID: 9679 (Report completed May 5, 2010)