Week of March 5, 2011
Courtesy of Bill Coffin
Everyone who gets married in Utah needs a marriage license. Current state law encourages counseling before couples say “I do” but under House Bill 132, they would actually get a discount on their marriage license. The sponsor of the bill, Representative Dixon Pitcher (R) says the extra education will strengthen the relationship.
2. Marriage Keeps Your Heart Healthy After Surgery, USA Today
Marriage is good for your heart – in more ways than one, according to a new study that shows married adults who undergo heart surgery are over three times more likely to survive the first three months after the operation. The study, which appears in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, also found that the likelihood of dying in the five years after surgery is nearly doubled for single people.
For more coverage, see here.
3. Spring 2012 NCFR Report Magazine: Family Focus on Military Families, National Council on Family Relations
Military families…research, historical overviews, practice and programs. Introduction by Shelly MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D. CFLE, Purdue University. Since the well-being of military familes has re-emerged as an important topic for our nation during the last decade, this issue of NCFR Report is available to all readers.
4. Dave Camp Named a Champion for Children, Marriage and Family, Michigan Live
U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, was named “Champion for children, marriage and family” by the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education. Camp was honored for his support of programs that promote healthy, safe and stable families, benefiting all children, according to a release from his office.
5. Research on Marriage Education Classes Shows Big Improvements in California Couples, Wall Street Journal
Surveying 17,245 Californians who took one of several programs available for couples, HRC found a statewide average increase of more than 13% in relationship satisfaction immediately after taking a Marriage Education course, and that this improvement increased to 16% after 30 days, and stayed at 14% when measured six months later. Even more astounding, participants reported a 23% improvement in their communication, increasing to 27% after 30 days and remaining at that level 6 months later.
These results are considered both significant and important for three reasons:
They include couples with severe marital problems who are relatively “resistant” to change, as well as happy couples who have relatively little room for improvement;
The results reflect a widely diverse group of participants–from all ages and socioeconomic levels, and with more than 50% taking the class in a language other than English;
The study measures the impact of more than a dozen different Marriage Education curricula that range in length from 8 hours to 24 hours.
For more, see this site.