Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 165-190

First online:

Premarital Education: An Assessment of Program Efficacy*

  • Christine R. McGeorgeAffiliated withCDFS Department, North Dakota State University
  • , Thomas Stone CarlsonAffiliated withNorth Dakota State University

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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 structure gender premarital education program efficacy