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The Long-Term Effects of Building Strong Families: A Relationship Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents. Executive Summary.

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Wood, Robert G.
Moore, Quinn.
Clarkwest, Andrew.
Killewald, Alexandra.
Monahan, Shannon.
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Mathematica Policy Research.
United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Technical Report
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OPRE Report 2012-28B

Sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Building Strong Families (BSF) evaluation used a random assignment research design to test eight voluntary programs that offer relationship skills education and other support services to unwed couples who are expecting or have just had a baby. After three years, the study showed that BSF had no effect on the quality of couples' relationships and did not make them more likely to stay together or get married. (Author abstract)

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