Enriching Newlyweds: An Evaluation of Three Enrichment Programs

Dale R. Hawley, David H. Olson

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Three marital enrichment programs were evaluated to determine their effectiveness with a newlywed population. Seventy-one couples were divided among three groups, and 28 couples were assigned to a control group. Results were mixed when treatment groups were combined and compared to the control group. While t-tests using change scores demonstrated significant differences on some important variables, analyses using ANCOVA demonstrated no change. Comparisons among the three programs suggested that none was clearly superior. Treatment couples reported very high levels of satisfaction with their participation in the programs, and almost all couples (98%) indicated they would recommend the programs to other newlywed couples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-147
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


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