Program Evaluation of the Strong Marriages Successful Ministries Program
Studies on marital enrichment programs indicate the positive impact of psycho-educational programs on relationships. Often, church leaders and their spouses lead such programs for couples in their communities. However, few studies have assessed a program tailored to ministry couples that face unique relational stressors and can experience relational isolation related to pressure to maintain a positive personal image. This study examined clergy and seminary couple reactions to marital satisfaction, trustworthiness, and positive feelings toward spouse, before and after participation in the Strong Marriages Successful Ministries (SMSM) program. Measures employed included the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS), the Relational Ethics Scale (RES) and the Positive Feelings Questionnaire (PFQ). Results indicated significant increases in trustworthiness and positive feelings toward spouse following participation in the SMSM program. Significant increases in marital satisfaction were not demonstrated, likely due in part to a ceiling effect. Probable explanations for findings and implications for SMSM program are discussed.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Hargrave, Terry D.
Strong Marriages Successful Ministries, Married people in church work, Church work with married people, Clergy, Marriage.
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