A study carried out by Meier and colleagues (2011) to assess the benefits of the online Couple Checkup for couples using it on their own (“Self-Directed”) and in a “Small Group” setting revealed that couples liked the ease of taking the Couple Checkup, the objective feedback provided by their report, and the practical help found in the Discussion Guide.
In a meta-analysis of 11 experimental studies that randomly assigned participants to control or comparison groups and two quasi-experimental studies, Carroll and Doherty (2003) found significant differences favouring couples who received premarital education. The overall effect size was very large (.80), representing a 79% improvement in all marital outcomes compared to couples who did not receive premarital education.
Premarital education has been shown to reduce divorce by 30% and to improve overall marital satisfaction (Stanley, S.M., Amato, P.R., Johnson, C.A., & Markman, H.J., 2006).
Improving couple relationships is a worthwhile goal, as a good marriage benefits individuals, society, and any children within the family (Waite & Gallagher, 2000).
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- Carroll, J.S. and Doherty, W.J. (2003): Evaluating the Effectiveness of Premarital Prevention Programs: A Meta-Analytic Review of Outcome Research, Vol 52, Issue 2, April. pp 205-118.
- Meier, B (2011). Effectiveness of Couple Checkup: Self-directed and Small Group. doctorial dissertion, Denver Seminary
- Stanley, S. M., Amato, P. R., Johnson, C. A., & Markman, H. J. (2006). Premarital education, marital quality, and marital stability: Findings from a large, random household survey. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 117-126.
- Waite, L. J., & Gallagher, M. (2000). The case for marriage: Why married people are happier, healthier, and better off financially. New York: Doubleday.
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The Couple Checkup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The Couple Checkup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.
The Couple Checkup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. 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.