Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

PREP Enrichment Program

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_372-1

Name of Model

PREP (Prevention and Relationship Education Program)



PREP (the Prevention and Relationship Education Program) is a research-based relationship enhancement curriculum that provides education, skills, strategies, and knowledge to help couples build and maintain healthy, connected, and committed relationships. PREP was initially developed using a clinical science approach by Dr. Howard Markman (Markman et al. 1988) as a preventative (primary) intervention, designed to prevent relationship distress through the use of core communication and conflict management skills that help to build safety, connection, and intimacy in relationships. Current versions of PREP now help couples improve relationship quality and stability at all ages and stages. PREP continues to be developed under the direction of Dr. Markman and colleague Dr. Scott Stanley. PREP is empirically...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Denver Veterans Affairs Medical CenterDenverUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA