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January/February 2017Vol. 17, No. 10Using Relationship and Marriage Education to Strengthen Families

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) developed its Strengthening Families framework to increase family stability, enhance child development, and reduce child maltreatment. A recent CSSP brief describes how relationship and marriage education supports the goals of Strengthening Families. Enhancing how couples function can benefit their parenting, which in turn can improve child outcomes. The brief outlines the seven core principles of the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model that promote healthy relationships. Examples of the principles include caring for self, social connections, and conflict management. Additionally, the brief lists ways organizations serving children and families can incorporate relationship and marriage education into their existing programs.

The brief, Making the Link Between Strengthening Families and Relationship and Marriage Education, is available at (1,462 KB).