XI. Other Studies

  • Couple Checkup: Tuning Up Relationships
    Olson, Larson. & Olson-Sigg (2009)
  • Marriage and Family Wellness: Corporate America's Business?
    Turvey & Olson (2006)
  • Distressed Couples & Marriage Education
    DeMaria (2005)

pdf-iconCouple Checkup: Tuning Up Relationship
David Olson, Peter Larson & Amy Olson-Sigg (2009)
There is considerable evidence that marriage is good for both adults and children and marriage education programs are designed to help build stronger marriages. However, these programs have a variety of problems that limit their effectiveness and impact and the Couple Checkup overcomes some of those limitations. The Couple Checkup can also be used by a couple on their own or used with marriage education programs to improve its impact. The Couple Checkup is based on the PREPARE/ENRICH Program, and it customizes the assessment for each couple. The couple can view and print their Checkup Report and a Couple Discussion Guide. The goal is for the Couple Checkup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own, and to emphasize prevention over remediation. The Couple Checkup can also be used in a group setting and group leaders can create a Group Summary to help them better understand and work with the couples in a group.

Reference: Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy: Innovations in Clinical and Educational Interventions, 1533–2683, Volume 8, Issue 2, 2009, Pages 129–142

pdf-iconMarriage and Family Wellness: Corporate America's Business?
Drs. Matthew Turvey & David Olson (2006)
While traditionally the world of business and the world of marriage and family relationships have remained disconnected, it is clear they have a major impact on each other. Building marriage and family wellness improves a company's overall financial health, while ignoring these opportunities can decrease a company's profitability.

pdf-iconDistressed Couples & Marriage Education (2005)
Rita DeMaria (2005)
Professionals generally believe that couples who chose to attend marriage education programs are not as distressed as are clinical couples and that distressed couples are not good candidates for marriage education. These assumptions were tested with 129 married couples who enrolled in a PAIRS marriage education course. Using the ENRICH couple assessment, it was found that 59% of the couples were "Devitalized" and 34 were "Conflicted" which are the two most unhappy and distressed couple types. This surprising finding suggests that highly distressed married couples are common among those who seek marriage education programs.

Reference: Distressed Couples and Marriage Education. Family Relations, 54, 252–253 (2005)