The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative: A Process Evaluation

The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative: A Process Evaluation

Published: May 23, 2008
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research

M. Robin Dion

Sarah A. Avellar

Heather H. Zaveri

Debra A. Strong

Alan M. Hershey Timothy J. Silman

By the end of 2007, between 5 and 10 percent of Oklahoma households had participated in relationship skills workshops. Every county in the state was reached to some extent. About three-quarters of participants were youth or adult clients of agencies that serve single adults. The overall participation pattern results from a planned focus on educating young people, who tend to marry young in Oklahoma and become at high risk for divorce, as well as a focus on low-income groups known to be at special risk for divorce and nonmarital childbearing.

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