Coaching is Premarital Counseling
A study published in Journal of Family Psychology concluded couples who received an average of 8 hours of premarital counseling had a 31% lower chance of divorce after 4 years.1
This little quiz will give you insight into whether or not premarital coaching might be helpful. All statements can be answered with either True or False.
1. ____ We have developed a budget.
2. ____ I am completely satisfied with the way we solve problems.
3. ____ I do not expect to have any problems with my in-laws.
4. ____ Our parents have never been divorced.
5. ____ We are able to deal with our anger in a constructive manner.
6. ____ I am satisfied with the way my fiancé picks up after himself or herself.
7. ____ I am satisfied with the amount of time that my fiancé spends with me.
8. ____ We have completed at least six sessions of premarital counseling.
If you answered any questions with a False, then you could benefit from premarital coaching. MarriageTeam coaches use the internationally recognized PREPARE inventory. Coaches will help you create the marriage you want with six 2-hour sessions. This can be as a supplement to whatever other counseling the pastor performs. The sessions involve a review of the inventory and a guided discussion using a workbook for each participant. It is desirable to begin the coaching 6-12 months prior to the wedding. However, it can be done closer to the wedding date. For a copy of this exercise: Premarital inventory 072613
Topics addressed include:
- Friends and Interests
- Personality Match
- Problem Solving
- Extended Family Issues
- Financial Issues
- Readiness for Marriage
To learn more about MarriageTeam coaching, call 360 450-6042 or toll free 866 832-4201.
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1. Stanley, Scott M., Amato, Paul. Johnson, Christine A. & Markman, Howard J. Premarital Education, Marital Quality, and Marital Stability: Findings From a Large, Random Household Survey. Journal of Psychology, 2006, Volume 20, pp. 117-126.