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Journal Article Review Making a Case for Premarital Education

Journal Article Review Making a Case for Premarital Education

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Published by: Lynda Gonsalves-Barnes on Jun 21, 2011
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Running Head: Review of Article “Making A Case for Premarital Education” 1Review of Article “Making a Case for Premarital Education”Lynda GonsalvesLiberty University
 
Review of Article “Making A Case for Premarital Education” 2This article is based on information gathered from empirical analysis, professional/publicopinion, and rational debate, Stanley (2001) constructed four arguments that support an increasedneed for premarital counseling. The point of views was “presented for the plausible benefits of engaging in premarital preventive efforts on a broad scale” (Stanley, 2001, p. 272). Hisarguments include: 1. Using premarital approaches to slow couples down in an attempt to permitthem time become acquainted with one another better before jumping into marriage. 2. By meansof premarital counseling strategies to give emphasis to the significance of the marital union andthe long-term family and communal consequences attached to the choice to marry. 3. Theutilization of premarital stratagem will exhibit that there are resources obtainable to help outcouples when they start to experience marital conflict. 4. Couples involvement in premaritaleducation programs are less prone to have marital issues and are less likely to divorce (Stanley,2001). Stanley (2001) presents the arguments as feasible exploration programs that could bestudied additionally to assist in developing a better understanding of what strategies can beimplemented to lower and/or prevent divorce and decrease marital distress.He also makes some compelling arguments for the need of premarital counseling and places the importance on all of society taking an outlook of prevention in regards to developing plans to successfully deal with the high divorce rate and high levels of marital disputes that our country is currently battling. Stanley (2001) recognizes the need for more empirical research isneeded to determine how to successfully prevent marital conflicts for society as a whole andlower the current divorce rates. Silliman and Schumm (2000) support the necessity for moreresearch on this subject when they discuss how additional consideration to theoretical
 
Review of Article “Making A Case for Premarital Education” 3frameworks to guide premarital counseling is needed although the research and practice of  premarital counseling have already been established.A high rate of divorce is one of many social problems affecting society today. Stanley(2001) states, “it is estimated that approximately 40% or more of new marriages among theyounger generation will eventually end in divorce” (p. 272). It presently appears to be a push to put things in position to help prevent marital and family breakdown and the implication thatcouples should be required to undergo premarital education to help improve and prevent maritalsuffering. Risch et al (2003) support the use of premarital counseling when they state, “marriage preparation programs have been used by practitioners and couples for decades, generallyspeaking programs aim to enhance the quality and stability of marriages and the content ischosen with this goal in mind” (p. 2). This preventative approach is an area that is getting muchattention worldwide as some governmental units are requiring premarital counseling as a meansto reduce divorce and strengthen families” (Stahmann, 2000, p. 104).It is definitely beneficial to have preventative programs in place to assist couples whomake a commitment to the union of marriage. This union affects the couple directly, their growing family, their separate families, and society as a whole. Premarital counselingapproaches can be viewed as society’s obligation towards supporting and the achievement of ahappy and healthy life. Anything preventative should be viewed as useful means to the end.While new research is being developed, there is a lot to say for taking the needed steps to put preventative procedures in place to deal with what is currently known about the topic. Premaritalcounseling should be viewed as a practice to promote general health to the entire family system.The pre-emptive actions connected with these strategies can purify the entire family system asthey can aid in the decrease in marital dissension and divorce, which have a cause and effect

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