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Do heterosexual couples with children benefit equally from relationship education programs despite various backgrounds?: effects of a Danish version of the prevention and relationship education program (PREP)
Norge.
Kristianstad University, Research Environment Children's and Young People's Health in Social Context (CYPHiSCO). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Psykologi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5233-2467
Danmark.
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Psychologist, ISSN 1894-5570, Vol. 4, no e12, 1-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Little is known on whether the effects of marriage education programs such as the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) hold across genders or are moderated by risk factors (participants’ parents’ relationship instability, participants’ low level of education, being unmarried, previous relationship counseling, who initiated program participation, having many children). This trial of 889 participants revealed medium to large improvements in relationship satisfaction and communication from baseline to posttest. Only a few tentative moderating factors were identified. Women who were at risk, as indicated by previous relationship counseling, even caught up with others without such risk at the outset. However, men with little higher education did not improve on all measures. Thus, overall, PREP appears applicable for the prevention of intimate relationship problems in a broad range of circumstances. One of the strengths of this study includes the examination of PREP effects in a real-life application across an entire Scandinavian country.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 4, no e12, 1-21 p.
Keyword [en]
Clinical trials, communication skills, PREP, program evaluation, relationship education, relationship quality
Keyword [sv]
Kliniska studier, kommunikationsfärdigheter, PREP, programutvärdering, relationsträning, relationskvalitet
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17351DOI: 10.15714/scandpsychol.4.e12OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-17351DiVA: diva2:1147416
Note

This manuscript is based on a re-analysis of the data used for the last author’s Bachelor’s thesis (Raffing, 2014) under the second author’s supervision. The first author worked as a guest scientist at the Centre for Family Development, Copenhagen, Denmark. We are grateful to the Centre for Family Development for providing access to their data and particularly to Frederik Beyer for providing extensive information regarding this study. The order of authors reflects the respective degrees of contribution to this manuscript.

Available from: 2017-10-05 Created: 2017-10-05 Last updated: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved

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