Decreasing Divorce in Army Couples: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial using PREP for Strong Bonds.

Research paper by Scott M SM Stanley, Elizabeth S ES Allen, Howard J HJ Markman, Galena K GK Rhoades, Donnella L DL Prentice

Indexed on: 17 Jul '10Published on: 17 Jul '10Published in: Journal of couple & relationship therapy


Findings from a large, randomized controlled trial of couple education are presented in this brief report. Married Army couples were assigned to either PREP for Strong Bonds (n = 248) delivered by Army chaplains or to a no-treatment control group (n = 228). One year after the intervention, couples who received PREP for Strong Bonds had 1/3 the rate of divorce of the control group. Specifically, 6.20% of the control group divorced while 2.03% of the intervention group divorced. These findings suggest that couple education can reduce the risk of divorce, at least in the short run with military couples.