Predicting marital success for premarital couple types based on prepare

Blaine J. Fowers, Kelly H. Montel, David H. Olson

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Recent studies have shown that group differences in marital stability and satisfaction can be predicted based on premarital relationship quality. There is also a growing literature indicating that there are distinct types of relationships, both premaritally and developmentally over time. This study examined the relationship between the four premarital types (Vitalized, Harmonious, Traditional, and Conflicted) identified by Fowers and Olson (1992) and relationship outcome over a 3-year period with 393 couples. A substantial relationship was found, with conflicted couples being the most likely to separate or divorce. Vitalized couples had the highest levels of satisfaction, followed by Harmonious, Traditional, and Conflicted couples. Traditional couples were less likely to have divorced than Harmonious couples, even though Harmonious couples had higher premarital relationship satisfaction scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-119
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


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