An evaluative study of one approach to marriage enrichment

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Myrle Lutterloh Swicegood (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mary Elizabeth Keister

Abstract: Marriage enrichment retreats, as conceived and conducted by David and Vera Mace or leaders trained by them, were the focus of this study. The primary purpose of this exploratory study was to determine if any measurable change in consensus, communication, and/or commitment between spouses resulted from their participation in a weekend marriage enrichment retreat. Marriage enrichment is regarded as a process that focuses on growth and development, a facilitating process that brings into play existing but latent resources within the marriage. It is a process designed for couples with a "reasonably stable" marriage. A preinventory and postinventory measure was used at the beginning and end of the weekend retreat. An experimental and a pilot study group comprised the basic population for the study. Subjects in the experimental group were 23 couples who were retreat participants. The pilot group, composed of 18 couples who had not participated in a marriage enrichment retreat, was primarily used as a check against such phenomena as change resulting from pre/posttest, time lapse between pre/posttest, and awareness of marriage enrichment. Evidence was sought of change in consensus, communication, and commitment between spouses.

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Language: English
Date: 1974
Married people $x Attitudes
Communication in marriage

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