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Study Shows Lasting Gains from Marriage Education


A large, multi-year, federally-funded study of South Florida couples shows significant improvements in relationship consensus, cohesion, satisfaction, and affection a year after completing nine hours of skills training.


Findings from a large, federally funded, multi-year study of South Florida couples participating in nine hours of marriage and relationship education found statistically significant improvements in consensus, satisfaction, affection, and cohesion for both distressed and non-distressed participants a year after completing the PAIRS Essentials skills training program.

An analysis of pre/post, six-month, and 12-month assessments using the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (Spanier, 1976) showed improvements either increased or were sustained six and 12 months after completing training to improve communication, conflict resolution, and emotional understanding skills. Gains were particularly significant for couples experiencing relationship distress before beginning the educational program.

The full report is available online at


Marriage and Relationship Education’s Enduring Impact on Dyadic Adjustment

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  1. PAIRS is doing such amazing work! Very impressive results.

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