ERIC Number: ED230856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
A Manual for the Operant-Interpersonal Approach to Pre-Marital Counseling.
McRae, Bradley C.
This manual presents a pre-marital counseling program based on the premise that marital conflict can result from incomplete or inaccurate communication about basic attitudes and expectations. Problems and limitations of studies on pre-marital counseling are reviewed,and a six-session course designed for use in a small group setting or with individuals is described. A format is presented for each session in which the leader demonstrates appropriate behavior, couples try the behavior in an experimental exercise, group discussion follows, and homework assignments are given to facilitate transfer of training. Specific activities, designed to develop positive relationships based on the reciprocity of specific positive behaviors, are outlined. The manual also includes copies of the Unrevealed Differences Test, a worksheet of shared and private goals, a sexual attitudes questionnaire, a marriage contract worksheet, and a course evaluation form. A model of successful and unsuccessful divisions of decision-making authority is also included. (JAC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nova Scotia; Premarital Counseling