Research on Abuse with Premarital and Married Couples

Self-Confidence as a Mediator of the Effect of Parental Abuse on Premarital Couple Satisfaction - 2006  (click here)

Alan E. Craddock (2006)

This study investigates the hypothesis that experience of parental abuse in the family of origin is associated with subsequent premarital relationship difficulties in adulthood, and that this effect is mediated in part by low self-confidence. The participants were 520 Australian heterosexual couples participating in the PREPARE premarital program before their marriage.  The PREPARE Inventory (Olson, 1996) provided measures of couple relationship satisfaction and individual levels of self-confidence, experience of parental abuse and idealistic distortion.  Multiple regression analyses indicated that, independenct of idealistic distortion, female experience of parental abuse was associated with couple dissatisfaction, and that low self-confidence was mediator of this effect.  This effect was not evident in the male data, perhaps largely due to the strong influence of idealistic distortion.

Reference: E-Journal of Applied Psychology: Clinical and Social Issues. 2(1): 52-60 (2006)


Spouse Abuse and Marital Dynamics based on ENRICH: A National Survey  (click here)

Shuji G. Asai & David H. Olson (2003)

This study examined spouse abuse from the ecological perspective using the data from a national sample of 20,951 couples that took the ENRICH couple inventory. ENRICH assessed three ecological areas -contextual and socio-cultural factors; individual traits and behaviors; and couple interaction processes. Abusive individuals and couples showed significantly lower levels of relational functioning in all three ecological areas assessed by ENRICH.


Online Self-Training

If you are unable to find a workshop in your area or prefer to learn online, you can register for PREPARE/ENRICH
Online Self-Training.


Marriage Mentor Program

Marriage Mentors Talking to Couple

Once your church or community has a trained and certified PREPARE/ENRICH professional, you might consider establishing a Marriage Mentor Program to help premarital couples get more preparation or married couples get the assistance they need for healthier relationships.

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