Pastoral Psychology

, 60:869 | Cite as

Marriage Matters: A Description and Initial Examination of a Church-Based Marital Education Program

  • Joshua N. Hook
  • Everett L. WorthingtonJr.
  • Jan P. Hook
  • Beth T. Miller
  • Don E. Davis


Marital education is helpful for treating marital distress. Religious organizations have been identified as a particularly useful outlet for the dissemination of marital education. We describe and present initial evidence for the effectiveness of Marriage Matters, a church-based marital education program. Participants (N = 731) reported a high level of satisfaction with the program and also reported feeling better about their marriage at the end of the program compared to the beginning of the program.


Marriage Education Church Couples Church-based programs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua N. Hook
    • 1
  • Everett L. WorthingtonJr.
    • 2
  • Jan P. Hook
    • 3
  • Beth T. Miller
    • 4
  • Don E. Davis
    • 5
  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  3. 3.The Arlington CenterArlington HeightsUSA
  4. 4.Faithful and True MinistriesEden PrairieUSA
  5. 5.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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