Couples can improve their marriages by implementing relationship building skills they learn while participating in a marriage education program. This study addresses how marriages improved as a result of participating in the marriage education program, Married and Loving It!® and what specific components of the learning experience facilitated the change. Using grounded theory methodology, the data collected from 12 participants, six married couples through in depth semi-structured interviews, revealed how participating in Married and Loving It! ® can assist couples in improving their relationships by guiding them through a developmental process. It is through skill development and a greater understanding of themselves and their spouse; couples are able to make positive changes in their behaviors and attitudes which influence their marriages.
Marriage Education, Marriage Enrichment, Couples Education, Adult Learning, Grounded Theory, Program Evaluation
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Petty, B. D. (2010). Developing the Art of Becoming a Couple: A Grounded Theory Study of the Positive Influence of Married and Loving It! ®. The Qualitative Report, 15(5), 1080-1101. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol15/iss5/3