Similarities and differences of two empirically based marital enrichment programs, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) and Couple Communication (CC), and two spiritually based marital enrichment programs, Couples’ Temperament Workshop and Heirs Together were examined. Using published literature and observation, foundations, goals, content, and outcomes were considered. Programs contained similar goals and content, with core curriculum surrounding communication skills and conflict management. Although outcome information is unavailable upon the spiritually based programs, it is possible that these programs may be as effective as empirically based programs validated through research considering the similarities in core curriculum; however, research is needed to determine the influence of context.


Marital Enrichment, Religion, Spirituality, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program, Couple Communication, Couples’ Temperament Workshop, Heirs Together

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Dr. Laura Jacobi is Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Teaching Assistants, and Director of the Basic Course in the Communication Studies Department at Minnesota State University. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Laura Jacobi at Minnesota State University, Communication Studies Department, 230 Armstrong Hall, Mankato, Minnesota 56001. Email may be sent to laura.jacobi-smigelski@mnsu.edu. Laura can also be reached at 612-237-1300.

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