Couple checkup: Tuning up relationships

David H. Olson, Peter J. Larson, Amy Olson-Sigg

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There is considerable evidence that marriage is good for both adults and children and marriage education programs are designed to help build stronger marriages. However, these programs have a variety of problems that limit their effectiveness and impact and the Couple Checkup overcomes some of those limitations. The Couple Checkup can also be used by a couple on their own or used with marriage education programs to improve its impact. The Couple Checkup is based on the PREPARE/ENRICH Program, and it customizes the assessment for each couple. The couple can view and print their Checkup Report and a Couple Discussion Guide. The goal is for the Couple Checkup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own, and to emphasize prevention over remediation. The Couple Checkup can also be used in a group setting and group leaders can create a Group Summary to help them better understand and work with the couples in a group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-142
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Counseling
  • Couple assessment
  • Prepare-enrich
  • Prevention


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