Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Marital preparation: Connecting clergy and research
by Carbajal, Paul S., Psy.D., Azusa Pacific University, 2015, 142; 3729857
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cheung, Stephen
Commitee: Adams, Chris, Kuhn, Larry
School: Azusa Pacific University
Department: Psychology
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
Publication Number: 3729857
ISBN: 978-1-339-15846-4
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