Cultivating Healthy Couple and Marital Relationships: A Guide to Effective Programming

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This 80-page guide, the first official publication from the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network, is based on presentations from the 2006 Family Life E-Seminar and papers later published in the May 2007 special issue of The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues. The guide, authored by members of NERMEN and developed and published out of The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, offers theoretically and empirically informed implications for designing, delivering, and evaluating relationship and marriage education programs for diverse audiences.

To print the complete publication, click here (PDF, 3.9 MB). Or, click the PDF links below  to print each individual section.


For more information, please contact Dr. Ted Futris, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia.

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Front and Back Cover (PDF, 850 KB)

Table of Contents (PDF, 145 KB)

About the Authors (PDF, 142 KB)

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Chapter 1 (PDF, 124 KB)

Cultivating Healthy Couple and Marital Relationships: Introduction

Ted G. Futris

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Chapter 2 (PDF, 350 KB)

What's love got to do with it? The role of healthy couple relationships and marriages in promoting child, families and community well-being

Francesca Adler-Baeder, Karen Shirer and Angela Bradford

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Chapter 3 (PDF, 299 KB)

Using research in marriage and relationship education programming

Brian J. Higginbotham, Katie Henderson and Francesca Adler-Baeder

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Chapter 4 (PDF, 311 KB)

Offering relationship and marriage educaiton in your community

Charlotte Shoup Olsen and Karen Shirer

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Chapter 5 (PDF, 349 KB)

Youth focused relationships and marriage education

Jennifer L. Kerpelman

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Chapter 6 (PDF, 296 KB)

Marriage education for stepcouples

Francesca Adler-Baeder, Mallory Erickson and Brian J. Higginbotham

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Chapter 7 (PDF, 288 KB)

Working with low-resource and culturally diverse audiences

Linda Skogrand and Karen Shirer

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Chapter 8 (PDF, 310 KB)

Building community collaborations to support healthy and stable marriages

Ted G. Futris

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References (PDF, 99 KB)