Data from the nation’s largest and most diverse study on the impact of Relationship and Marriage Education (RME) classes show that marital satisfaction improves substantially after participating in RME, a finding with significant ramifications during the high-risk early years of marriage.
Half of all divorces occur within the first eight years of marriage, making this a high-risk time for couples. In a study of 17,245 Californians taking an RME course, researchers at Healthy Relationships California found high levels of marital dissatisfaction among those married eight years or less. Researchers also found a 42% increase in marital satisfaction among those who participated in RME for 8 to 16 hours.
The results of this study are important for four reasons: