The Effects of Building Strong Families: A Healthy Marriage and Relationship Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents

Publisher: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, vol. 31, no. 2
Feb 01, 2012
Authors
Robert G. Wood, Sheena McConnell, Quinn Moore, Andrew Clarkwest, and JoAnn Hsueh
This article examines the impacts of Building Strong Families, a healthy marriage and relationship skills education program serving unmarried parents who were expecting or had recently had a baby. Results varied across sites, with one site having a pattern of positive effects (but no effect on marriage) and another having numerous negative effects. However, when impacts are averaged across all sites, findings indicate that the program had no overall effects on couples' relationship quality or the likelihood that they remained together or got married.