10 Ways Couple Assessment can Improve Any Relationship Education Program (click here)
This article describes how couple assessment can increase the impact of any
marriage or family education program.
PREPARE/ENRICH: Overview and New Discoveries about
Couples (click here)
Olson, Olson-Sigg & Larson
This article highlights a variety of new discoveries made about premarital and married couples
from data collected using the PREPARE-ENRICH assessment. A brief overview of the
Customized Version is provided and evidence about its effectiveness when used with a couple or
in a group setting. The Customized Version contains a variety of new scales that are producing
compelling relationship findings in the areas of personality, cohabitation, stress, commitment,
forgiveness, and spiritual beliefs. The authors provide practical information regarding the
application of the program in faith group settings and in pastoral counseling.
PREPARE/ENRICH: Customized Version (click here)
Olson, Larson & Olson-Sigg
The Customized Version of PREPARE/ENRICH is the fifth version and the distinctive features are that it is online and it is tailor made to each couple. It is called the PREPARE/ENRICH Program because it contains both a couple assessment and couple skill building exercises. The program has 10 core scales and over 100 other scales that tap into important aspects of the couple relationship. The goal of the program is to help increase a couples' awareness of their relationship strengths and growth areas and to provide them with skills so that they can improve their relationship.
Five Parenting Styles based on Couple and Family (click here)
In a study of 667 parents who took the PREPARE-ENRICH Parenting Version (PEP), David Olson and Jason Wilde
described findings related to the five styles of parenting which are: Balanced, Permissive, Overbearing,
Strict, and Uninvolved.
Only one-third of the parents used the same parenting style.
Over half of the mothers (50%) and fathers (55%) used the Balanced parenting style. The Balanced
Parenting style was the most positive in terms of a healthy relationship of the couple (more Vitalized couples),
less problems with each child, lowest parental stress and positive levels of family communication and satisfaction
PREPARE/ENRICH Programs: A Case Study (click here)
Olson-Sigg & Olson
The chapter details the two components of PREPARE/ENRICH couple program: the online assessment and the
relationship skill-building exercises. While this program is used with dating, engaged, and
married couples, the clinical case study is that of a premarital couple. The program is
designed so that it can be integrated into most other theoretical and therapeutic models for
working with couples.
Marriage and Family Facts - 2011 (click here)
Summary of Marriage and Divorce statistics gathered from the census, and various sources.