The person who will save your marriage is closer than you may have realized. The most significant study ever conducted on marriage and relationship education, at an estimated cost of $100 million, reveals who can save our marriages and who can’t.
A landmark national study of 9,363 low-income, married men and women in eight American cities found many of those who participated in 30 hours of skills training classes were more likely to have boosts in relationship happiness and marital stability sustained 30 months later.
Social media has enabled PAIRS Foundation to advance their mission to help create a safer, saner, more loving world in ways the longtime industry leader in marriage and relationship education couldn’t have imagined 30 years ago.
Virginia Satir, known as the “Mother of Family Therapy,” and Dr. Marty Sullivan, a pioneer of Duke University’s Integrative Medicine program, were among the earliest innovators in their fields to integrate relationship skills training into modern approaches to promoting health and wellness. Findings from a five-year federally funded study provide significant evidence validating the models they embraced.
Relationship skills classes this weekend in South Florida offer singles and couples practical skills for improving communication, emotional understanding, and problem-solving. The classes in English and Spanish are grant-funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
At a conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, PAIRS CEO Seth Eisenberg shared lessons from the frontlines of the battle to help America’s returning warriors succeed in the mission to preserve and protect their marriages and families after combat deployment.
Statements issued this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in response to questions from Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek are a validation of the pioneers of marriage and relationship education and their faith in educational approaches that empower participants through skills training.
Studies show marriage education classes are providing significant benefits for low-income couples, many of whom have been impacted by job losses and financial stresses. With expectations that unemployment will remain elevated, programs that strengthen marriages are becoming increasingly important to helping couples keep families intact as they pursue training, job opportunities, and await economic recovery.
For more than 150 years, policy-makers and researchers have known there’s a direct connection between marriage and health. Today, studies are increasingly identifying the specific aspects of marriage that promote wellness, healing, and increased life expectancy. This information provides a road map to strengthen couples, families and communities with significant medical, social, and economic benefits.
As he celebrated his eighth birthday in a Moscow hospital this week, little Artyom Savelyev’s experiences continued to betray the hope of his Russian name, to be “safe and sound.” Artyom’s story and many others demonstrate the importance of improving post-adoption services through skills that enhance communication, emotional understanding, promote forgiveness, bonding, attachment, and healthy conflict resolution.