Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 165–190

Premarital Education: An Assessment of Program Efficacy*

  • Christine R. McGeorge
  • Thomas Stone Carlson

DOI: 10.1007/s10591-006-9701-8

Cite this article as:
McGeorge, C.R. & Carlson, T.S. Contemp Fam Ther (2006) 28: 165. doi:10.1007/s10591-006-9701-8


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a premarital educational program, with the secondary goal of determining if the structure (conjoint versus group) and the participants’ gender influenced program effectiveness. Data were collected from 29 heterosexual couples. Couples were placed in one of three conditions: (1) premarital education in a group format, (2) premarital education as an individual couple, or (3) the comparison group (no premarital education). The goal of the 8-week intervention was to improve couples’ readiness and preparation for marriage as measured by the PREP-M. The findings suggested that the educational program achieved its stated goal.


education structuregenderpremarital educationprogram efficacy

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine R. McGeorge
    • 1
  • Thomas Stone Carlson
    • 2
  1. 1.CDFS DepartmentNorth Dakota State UniversityFargo
  2. 2.North Dakota State UniversityFargo