What is Pre-Marriage Coaching?
Pre-marriage coaching is a process that aims to improve a couple’s performance and satisfaction. It helps to leverage unique personalities and upbringings for marriage success and relational compatibility. Pre-marriage coaching does not have to be a daunting task. On the contrary, it can be fun and extremely informative.
When Should We Get Pre-Marriage Coaching?
Couples should seek pre-marriage coaching in the dating process, at the moment they feel marriage potential. Pre-marriage coaching should be sought long before the proposal, the acceptance of a ring or wedding date.
In many instances, couples only seek pre-marriage counseling/coaching to fulfill a prerequisite set by the Pastor or Minister performing the wedding ceremony. As an alternative, couples should take the initiative long before, to learn more about their mate and to ensure that they are the right person.
Does Pre-Marriage Coaching Work?
Absolutely. According to Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, statistics show couples who succeed, gain the knowledge they need before they settle into destructive patterns that often lead to divorce. In fact, couples are 31% less likely to get divorced if they get some sort of pre-marriage training before they marry. 1
Not only that, couples who participate in pre-marriage programs experience a 30% increase in marital success and fulfillment over those who do not participate.2
1 Stanley, Scott M., Amato, Paul., Johnson, Christine A., & Markman, Howard J. (2006). Pre-marriage Education, Marital Equality, and Marital Stability: Findings From A Large Random Household Survey. Journal of Family Psychology, V 20, P 117-126.
2 Caroll, J. S. & Doherty, W. J. (2003). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Pre-marriage Prevention Programs: A Meta-analytical Review of Outcome Research. Family Relations, V 52 (2), P 105-118.
Are There Other Types of Pre-Marriage Coaching?
Of course, one size does not fit all. The most traditional type of pre-marriage coaching is couple’s coaching but classes and small groups have become popular models as well.