Relationship Education for Unmarried Couples with Children: Parental Responses to the Building Strong Families Project

Relationship Education for Unmarried Couples with Children: Parental Responses to the Building Strong Families Project

Published: Apr 30, 2010
Publisher: Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, vol. 9, issue 2
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Associated Project

Building Strong Families: Strengthening Unmarried Parents' Relationships

Time frame: 2002-2013

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Authors

M. Robin Dion

Alan M. Hershey

An implementation study of the Building Strong Families (BSF) programs indicates that many unmarried couples are interested in services to strengthen their relationships around the time of their child’s birth. More than 5,000 couples volunteered for the BSF study across eight states. Although couples report learning from and valuing the program, they also have many life challenges, and practitioners must be proactive in supporting ongoing participation. Results from a rigorous evaluation of the program’s impacts on family outcomes are forthcoming.

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