Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programming for Youth and Individual Adults: Highlights from the Second FRAMING Research Healthy Marriage Technical Work Group

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programming for Youth and Individual Adults: Highlights from the Second FRAMING Research Healthy Marriage Technical Work Group

OPRE Report 2021-166
Published: Sep 30, 2021
Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Associated Project

Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research)

Time frame: 2018-2023

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

Authors

Lexi Ouellette

Key Findings

TWG members identified five top HMRE research priorities for future work, which included:

  • Include participant perspectives in the program development and research process.
  • Study the importance of culturally responsive programming.
  • Increase the diversity of HMRE researchers.
  • Identify realistic, short-term outcomes for youth HMRE programs.
  • Use rigorous studies to determine how service delivery influences program retention and impacts.

On September 29, 2020, ACF convened a HMRE technical work group for the FRAMING Research project. The group included experts on healthy relationship development, HMRE program delivery, and HMRE research. This brief describes the discussion at the meeting, which focused on topics related to: (1) HMRE programs for youth and (2) HMRE programs for individual adults. These topics emerged from the project team’s review of the relevant literature and discussions with ACF about agency priorities. The day concluded with technical work group members participating in a brainstorming session on research priorities related to HMRE programming for youth and individual adults.

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