MAST Center Research

Our research is designed to understand marriage and romantic relationships in the U.S. and to improve programs that aim to strengthen these relationships. MAST Center research examines relationship patterns and trends and HMRE program implementation and evaluation.

  • Relationship Patterns & Trends – Population-based research and data to better understand trends, predictors, dynamics, and outcomes of marriage and relationships in the United States.
  • Program Implementation and Evaluation – Research that helps build knowledge about what works in HMRE programming, for whom, and in what context.
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Adolescent and Young Adults’ Relationship Expectations and Experiences

Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Wendy D. Manning Published 2022

Webinar hosted by The Dibble Institute discussing preliminary findings from MAST Center partners at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) on adolescents’ and young adults’ relationship experiences and expectations. 

Socioeconomic Factors and Differences in Forming and Maintaining Marriages and Cohabitations

Paul Hemez, Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Kasey Eickmeyer, Susan L. Brown, Wendy D. Manning, Krista K. Westrick-Payne Published 2022

A summary of trends in the formation and stability of cohabiting and marital unions, with a focus on what recent research tells us about socioeconomic differences and how these trends can inform healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programming.

Gender Differences in Teens’ Cohabitation, Marriage, and Childbearing Expectations

Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Susan L. Brown, Wendy D. Manning, Krista K. Westrick-Payne, Katherine L. Graham Published 2021

Poster presented at the 2021 NCFR Annual Conference on gender differences in teens’ expectations regarding cohabitation, marriage, and childbearing, featuring findings from analyses from MAST Center partners at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research.

Relationship Education for Youth Who Have Faced Adversity

Mindy Herman-Stahl, Sydney J. Briggs, Lisa Kim, Elizabeth Wildsmith Published 2021

An annotated bibliography of key literature on HMRE program implementation and outcome evaluations with youth who have faced adversity, as well as descriptive research that provides important contextual information. Information in this resource can help practitioners and researchers in the HMRE field adapt, develop, and test new or refined strategies for working with youth.

HMRE Evaluation Data Tool

Published 2021

Our HMRE Evaluation Data Tool orients researchers to measures included in two federal evaluation studies. Users can compare the availability of measures across data sets to help identify the data set best suited to explore specific topics or questions.

History and Implementation of the Federally Funded Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Grants

Published 2021

An overview of implementation findings that inform ACF’s Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) initiative to promote the well-being of children and families.

Implementing Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs with Couples

Published 2021

Implementation evaluation research and descriptive reports on the design of healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs for couples.

Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships Throughout the Evaluation Life Cycle (Webinar Series)

Published 2021

A three-part webinar series offering discussion, tips, and strategies for the different stages of HMRE program evaluation.

Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships: Disseminating Program Implementation and Outcome Evaluation Data from Beginning to End (Webinar)

Published 2021

Webinar on researcher-practitioner collaboration for disseminating evaluation findings. Experts in HMRE evaluation provided conversation starters and tips to help maximize the usefulness of evaluation findings for the field.

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