PREDICTING MARITAL SATISFACTION USING PREPARE: A REPLICATION STUDY

Andrea S. Larsen, David H. Olson

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Abstract

This study clearly replicated the previous findings which demonstrated the predictive validity of PREPARE. Like the previous study, this longitudinal study was a 3‐year follow‐up of 179 couples who took PREPARE during their engagement. As in the initial longitudinal study, PREPARE predicted, with about 80% accuracy, couples who got divorced from those that were happily married. Also, the same linear trend in PREPARE scores was found (highest to lowest scores): happily married, unhappily married, cancelled/delayed marriage, and separated/divorced. This study further indicates the importance of the premarital period as the foundation for marriage and the ability of PREPARE to identify high‐risk premarital couples who could benefit from premarital counseling. Premarital counseling could potentially help these high risk couples develop a more satisfying marriage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-322
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1989

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