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Examining Relationship Satisfaction and Individual Distress for Low-to-Moderate Income Couples in Relationship Education.

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Carlson, Ryan G.
Daire, Andrew P.
Bai, Haiyan.
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Although economic disadvantage is linked to poor relationship quality and increased individual distress, emerging literature supports couples and relationship education as effective at improving relationship quality for low-income couples. However, relationship education's influence on individual distress for low-income couples has not yet been determined. We provided relationship education using the Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program curriculum to 96 low-to-moderate income married couples with children and examined changes in relationship quality and individual distress pre, post, and 3?6 months after intervention. We found significant improvements in relationship satisfaction and significant individual distress decreases. Implications are discussed. (Author abstract)

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