Through the creation of a website, this pilot study sought to clarify the needs of clergy and lay counselors who provide marital preparation services. Research has shown that marital preparation is correlated with an increase in later marital stability and satisfaction and a decrease in later marital discord and dissolution (Carroll & Doherty, 2003; Stanley, 2001; Stanley, Amato, Johnson, & Markman, 2006; Wilmoth, 2006). However, clergy, the primary providers of marital preparation, are often asked to provide a service they have little time, training, or resources to effectively provide. This online resource attempts to bridge the gap between providers and research, offering (a) a comparative analysis of three prominent marital preparation assessment tools (PREPARE, RELATE, FOCCUS), (b) basic summary information of current marital preparation research, and (c) relevant resources for a wide range of couples. Clergy, lay counselors, and professional therapists currently providing marital preparation services were asked to evaluate the clarity, organization, and relevance of the website via a brief online survey comprised of Likert-scale and open-ended questions.
|Commitee:||Adams, Chris, Kuhn, Larry|
|School:||Azusa Pacific University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Pastoral Counseling, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Lay counselors, Marital preparation, Marital satisfaction, Needs assessment, Premarital assessment, Premarital counseling|
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