Do Marriage Classes Really Work? (Infographic Series)

Do Marriage Classes really work? Our research says yes!

Beginning today, HRC will be releasing an infographic series summarizing the research on Relationship and Marriage Education (RME). Watch for a new infographic every few weeks. Please share with your friends through email, Facebook, and Twitter, and feel free to share these images on your websites. Help us get the word out about the power of RME!

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  1. It is irresponsible — and arguably, unethical — to provide this misleadingly positive description of marriage classes. Here is something I wrote based on reading actual research reports:

    Here are two excerpts from that article (where BSF means Building Strong Families):

    #1 Here’s the bottom line from the scholars who summarized the results from the 5,000+ couples: “Fifteen months after entering the program, the relationship outcomes of BSF couples were, on average, almost identical to those of couples in the control group.”

    #2 Here is the summary provided by the authors of the report. It sounds accurate to me:

    “The variation in impacts across the local BSF programs and across populations suggests that programs like BSF can have positive effects. However, the results also indicate that these programs can have negative effects on relationships in certain circumstances, including increasing the rate at which couples break up and experience intimate partner violence.”

    Really, HRC, is making money on these classes and perpetuating your marriage ideology so
    important to you that you would not inform potential participants of the very real risks? Possible increase in intimate partner violence is no big deal to you? Nice.

    • Shelece McAllister says:

      Thanks for your comment, Bella. We suggest that you take a look at our Impact Report, available for download here: Our Impact Report is the largest and most extensive fieldwork study ever conducted on the impact of Relationship and Marriage Education services, with an N of over 17,500. It looked at cross-site, cross-curricula RME (18 curricula were included), and likely is the most diverse sample to date as the population came from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. Our research showed benefits for couples attending our classes, including improved marital satisfaction, communication skills, and problem solving skills. We also have a blog piece available here ( by our Co-Director of Research, Dr. Dannelle Larsen-Rife, examining the existing research on RME (including the BSF report as well as our own Impact Report). RME is still a new field and there is a lot we are learning about RME’s impact on people and their relationships.

  2. Yay! I like this format and think that it will help individuals realize that relationship/marriage enhancement classes really do work.

  3. Edixon M. says:

    I like this and will help others to realize these classes very helpful and an alternative to traditional and in some cases ineffective marriage counseling!

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