Problematic Issues in the Early Years of Marriage: Content for Premarital Education

Gail S. Risch, Lisa A. Riley, Michael G. Lawler

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This article presents findings about problematic issues from a national study of couples married five years or less. It argues that the top 10 issues identified as problematic suggest key content areas for premarital education and makes suggestions for both program development and existing program evaluation. The top three issues reported by this sample are balancing job and family, frequency of sexual relations, and financial issues. For each of the 10 issues, comparisons by gender, parental status, cohabitation status, and age are also reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-269
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Psychology and Theology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Psychology(all)

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