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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Outcomes and Outcome Domains Examined in HMRE Evaluation Studies

Published 2020

The types and prevalence of evaluation outcomes that focused on individuals, couples, families, and communities in over 100 evaluations of healthy marriage and relationship education programs.

An Overview of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Curricula

Published 2020

When designing and implementing a healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program, one of the most important decisions program providers need to make is which curriculum to implement. This brief reviews the design of 21 HMRE curricula implemented in formally evaluated programs. The brief is designed to help HMRE program providers and the evaluators that work with them better understand and assess various aspects of HMRE curricula.

Trends in Relationship Formation and Stability in the United States: Dating, Cohabitation, Marriage, and Divorce

Published 2020

Over the past several decades, patterns of union formation and dissolution in the United States have changed in notable ways. Patterns of dating, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce continue to change and evolve, presenting new challenges and opportunities for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners alike.

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