Marriage and Relationship Education: A promising strategy for strengthening low-income, vulnerable families
This essay, beginning on page 47 of The State of our Unions 2012 report, seeks to address the following issues:
1. Can we successfully deliver marriage and relationship services to disadvantaged individuals, mothers and fathers who generally have not had access to such services and who face many barriers to participation? Will they attend? Do participants think the services are useful? What trends are emerging to improve services in the field and reach those most in need?
2. What do we know about the effects of these programs on participants, particularly low-income participants? What are the measures of success? What have we learned from the handful of rigorously designed evaluations about the effects of the programs on adults and children? What additional studies need to be done to address the gaps in our knowledge?