About HMRE Programs
Background information and foundational research on HMRE:
- Relationship Education and Child Outcomes: Seeing Beyond Couple Effects – The Relationship Educator
HMRE programs have the potential to shape important family outcomes beyond relationship quality and stability. In this blog post, Hawkins summarizes the overall purpose of relationship education and findings from research on the effectiveness of relationship education on parenting and child outcomes.
- Understanding the WHY in the HMRE Field (download the transcript) – Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood
One podcast from a series that provides foundational information on HMRE education. By understanding the background and development of funding and research, listeners are empowered to better explain HMRF programs to participants as well as to community stakeholders.
- Does Marriage and Relationship Education Work? A Meta-Analytic Study – Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Here you will find a foundational research article on the effectiveness of earlier HMRE programs. This article uses meta-analysis to summarize evidence on whether relationship quality and communication skills improve after program participation.
- Relationship Education Research: Current Status and Future Directions – Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
This paper provides an accessible overview of the relationship education field and reviews research on relationship education programs and approaches that were published between 2002 and 2012.
- A More Optimistic Perspective on Government-Supported Marriage and Relationship Education Programs for Lower Income Couples – American Psychologist
Some articles focus on the small effect sizes of HMRE programs on certain outcomes or question the need for government-funded relationship education. In this paper, the authors detail their evidence for optimism for the utility of marriage and relationship education (MRE) programs to help disadvantaged and minority couples.