Why Promote Healthy Marriages?
Marriage rates are declining worldwide,
and half of marriages end in divorce.
It is essential that we do all we can to promote healthy, happy, permanent relationships. Overall, marriage reduces the likelihood of illness, both mental and physical, and speeds recovery from trauma. Parents in a healthy marriage are a protective factor against childhood risky behavior and model kindness and respect for children's relationships. The home is the center for teaching children values.
Why Provide Pre-Marriage Education?
Religious, educational and social institutions
are in a prime position to encourage couples to discuss important topics prior to their entry into marriage and increase their chances of staying together.
Encouraging couples to discuss a broad range of important topics can help them understand the meaning of their union, discover their individual styles, and learn communication and conflict resolution skills that will enhance their lifelong relationship.
Why Offer Facilitated Sessions?
encourages couples to talk to each other.
Unlike a therapist, a facilitator is not expected to fix problems nor offer advice; he or she is a resource to support the relationship and promote healthy communication. Pre-marriage sessions offer a unique opportunity to celebrate a couple's strengths, practice positive communication skills, and explore important areas that may present problems later.
Why Use the FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory?
The FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory
is a comprehensive, user-friendly, affordable tool for professionals and lay individuals who are helping couples prepare for marriage.
The 156-item, research-based inventory assesses couples' agreement, disagreement, or indecision about statements related to important issues, such as communication, problem-solving, religion, family and friends, careers, cohabitation, parenting, sexuality, finances and more.
Find out more about the FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory
Is there an Inventory for Married Couples?
The REFOCCUS© Marriage Enrichment Inventory
is a packet of six separate research-based questionnaires that married couples can take on their own or through a facilitator.
The REFOCCUS© Inventory guides a couple's private discussion at home, as part of a weekend retreat, or in six weekly evenings of discussion with other couples. Each of the six questionnaires - Marriage as a Process, Intimacy, Compatibility, Communication, Commitment and Ministry Marriages - are answered independently by the couple.
Find out more about the REFOCCUS© Marriage Enrichment Inventory