The Long-Term Effects of Building Strong Families A Relationship Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents

The Building Strong Families Project
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Nov 30, 2012
Robert G. Wood, Quinn Moore, Andrew Clarkwest, Alexandra Killewald, and Shannon Monahan
Sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Building Strong Families (BSF) evaluation used a random assignment research design to test eight voluntary programs that offer relationship skills education and other support services to unwed couples who are expecting or have just had a baby. After three years, the study showed that BSF had no effect on the quality of couples' relationships and did not make them more likely to stay together or get married.