Reviews 14 studies of marital enrichment group programs as to the use of control groups; the types of outcome measures used; conduct of a follow-up; and posttest results for measures of marital adjustment, perception and personality, and relationship skills. Research suggests an overall benefit from such programs, but compared with the literature review conducted by L. Hof and W. R. Miller (1981), there was a trend away from the use of independent raters of outcome and from comparing rival treatments. The programs are intended for married couples with a healthy relationship, although some programs have been broadened to serve as preventative counseling for premarital and dating couples. (Author abstract)
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Marriage Enrichment Programs: A Review.