ERIC Number: ED054494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Group Pre-Marriage Counseling: A Tentative Model.
Maxwell, Joseph W.
This paper provides a rationale for group pre-marriage counseling based on the social nature of factors influencing the marriage model. The author suggests that while group pre-marriage counseling invites disillusionment, it offers the antidote--the realization that disillusionment occurred not necessarily because of a bad choice, but because of unrealistic expectations. The group gives each individual a different perspective for viewing this problem. Moreover, there are other advantages: (1) it sounds less threatening than counseling with the individual couple; (2) it permits voluntary self-exposure; and (3) it may be seen as "refined rapping." Some disadvantages include a possible difficulty in pursuing an individual couple's interest or need to their satisfaction, more restricted self-exposure, and the tendency for some couples to compare their own relationship with others rather than evaluate it in terms of itself. Unique features of group counseling are listed which augment interpersonal growth and accelerate behavioral change. Based on practical experience, a discussion is made of the merits of having co-counselors to direct the group. Objectives of group pre-marriage counseling are given as a general guide for implementing the model. (Author/MA)
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Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst., Blacksburg.
Note: Paper presented at American Personnel and Guidance Association Annual Convention (20th, Atlantic City, N. J., April 4-8, 1971)