A Randomized Controlled Trial of Relationship Education in the U.S. Army: 2-Year Outcomes.

Research paper by Scott M SM Stanley, Galena K GK Rhoades, Benjamin A BA Loew, Elizabeth S ES Allen, Sarah S Carter, Laura J LJ Osborne, Donnella D Prentice, Howard J HJ Markman

Indexed on: 25 Nov '14Published on: 25 Nov '14Published in: Family Relations


This study examined the effectiveness of an evidence-based, community-delivered adaptation of couple relationship education (CRE; specifically, PREP, The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) delivered at two Army installations. The study is a randomized controlled trial with two years of follow-up, examining marital quality and stability. Sample composition was 662 married couples with a spouse in the U.S. Army. Analyses yielded no evidence of overall enduring intervention effects on relationship quality but couples assigned to intervention at the higher risk site were significantly less likely than controls to be divorced at the two-year follow-up (8.1% vs. 14.9%, p < .01). This effect was moderated by ethnic minority status. Specifically, the impact of the intervention on divorce was strongest for minority couples. The findings add to the literature on who may benefit most from CRE.