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Marriage Moments: An Evaluation of an Approach to Stregnthen Couples' Relationships During the Transition to Parenthood, in the Context of a Home Visitation Program Marriage Moments: An Evaluation of an Approach to Stregnthen Couples' Relationships During the Transition to Parenthood, in the Context of a Home Visitation Program

by Lovejoy, Kimberly Ann

Abstract (Summary)
This study evaluates the efficacy of a self-guided, low-intensity curriculum, Marriage Moments, based on Fowers’ (2000) virtues model of marital quality that emphasizes friendship, generosity, justice and loyalty. The Marriage Moments program consists of a guidebook and a video that were designed to strengthen marriages during the transition to parenthood and is used in the context of a home visitation program for first-time parents. Participants in the study included 119 married couples who had recently given birth to their first child. They were assigned to either a treatment, comparison or control group. The treatment group received the Marriage Moments curriculum as well as the Welcome Baby home visitation curriculum, the comparison group only received the Welcome Baby curriculum and the control group received neither program. Data were gathered through a battery of self- and spouse-report measures given at 3-months, 4-months, and 9-months postpartum. Relationship outcome measures included in this study were the Marital Virtues Profile, Revised-Dyadic Adjustment Scale, RELATE Satisfaction subscale, Transition Adjustment Scale, Father Involvement Scale, Household Labor Scale, and Maternal Depression Scale. Despite positive evaluations of the program from participants, analyses revealed a lack of significant, positive effects for members of the treatment group. Further research is needed before reliable conclusions can be drawn about the value of a marital virtues model as a guide for low intensity intervention.
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School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:marriage moments friendship generosity justice loyalty fowers home visitation marital virtues profile revised dyadic adjustment scale relate satisfaction subscale transition father involvement household labor maternal depression model low intensity intervention self guided to parenthood

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Date of Publication:08/05/2004

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