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An exploratory analysis of engaged individuals’ perceptions of their marriage preparation needs Holmes, Jennifer


This exploratory study analyzes the content and structural marriage preparation needs of engaged individuals. The volunteer sample consists of 74 of engaged individuals who attended one of three bridal shows. Questionnaire results found that communication was the predominantly preferred topic area, followed by problem solving/conflict resolution, money/financial management, having children/parenting, and building friendship in marriage. Subjects also reported that their preferred format for marriage preparation is participating in group discussions and that programs being effective is the most important format attribute. Friends and relatives were found to be the most influential referral source for marriage preparation programs. Results support the recommendations that programs be approximately 10 hours in length and cost no more than $135.72. Respondents reported that the best time to offer workshops is on weeknights and strong support was shown for programs to be held in community centres. Results are discussed in terms of implications for future research, as well as for marriage preparation providers to use in the design, promotion, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation of marriage preparation programs.

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