Recent progress in marriage and relationship education in Australia

5 Feb 2007

Rising rates of marriage breakdown in Australia have led to increasing interest in and support for strategies that help couples withstand both the everyday hassles and less common stressors that impact on relationships. One of these strategies involves the provision of marriage and relationship education services. This paper summarises recent developments aimed at addressing challenges and directions for the field of marriage and relationship education, originally outlined by Halford (1999). Issues of service accessibility, effectively incorporating research into practice, tailoring program content to specific clients, and evaluation of programs aimed specifically at couples preparing to marry or re- marry, or those wanting to enrich or adapt to changes in their marriage, relationship or life circumstances, are examined.

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