Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effectiveness of premarital counseling assessments on marital satisfaction
by Joseph, Dasmain, Ed.D., Argosy University, Tampa, 2014, 171; 3692040
Abstract (Summary)

This researcher sought to investigate the effectiveness of assessment-based (using PREPARE-ENRICH) and non-assessment-based premarital counseling. The researcher also intended to investigate if faith and premarital counseling typologies had any bearing on marital satisfaction as an attempt to ameliorate the divorce problem and its associated pathologies. The participants (N = 353) assigned themselves to one of the two categories (faith-based and nonfaith- based) and one of the three groups (PREPARE-ENRICH, non-assessment, no marriage preparation). They completed the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS) online through SurveyMonkey. The 2 X 3 ANOVA revealed a statistical trend (p = .06) in that participants of PREPARE-ENRICH tended toward the greatest marital satisfaction; the non-assessment group was in second place while the no-preparation group reported the least marital satisfaction. Both ANOVA and t-tests revealed that non-faith-based participants reported statistically more significant marital satisfaction than the faith-based category, (p = .005). The researcher provided recommendations for practice and further studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Shon D.
School: Argosy University, Tampa
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Divorce prevention, Marital satisfaction, Marriage preparation, PREPARE-ENRICH, Premarital, Premarital education
Publication Number: 3692040
ISBN: 978-1-321-67649-5
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