The Relative Influence of Client Characteristics on the Process and Outcomes of Premarital Counseling: A Survey of Providers.

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Christine E. Murray, Director (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: To explore the influence of client characteristics in premarital counseling, a five factor model is presented that includes the social context, family-of-origin influences, individual characteristics, couple interactional processes, and motivation for attending premarital counseling. The findings demonstrate that providers believe that many client characteristics influence the degree to which couples benefit from premarital counseling. Providers rated the influence of the client characteristic factors in the following order (from most to least influential): couple interactional processes, family-of-origin influences, individual characteristics, motivation for premarital counseling, and the social context. Recommendations for future theory development, practice, and research are discussed.

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Contemporary Family Therapy, 26(4), 447-463.
Language: English
Date: 2004
premarital counseling, client characteristics, marriage preparation

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