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ERIC Number: ED555505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 155
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-4743-3
Remarried Couples in Premarital Education: Does Our Content Match Participant Needs?
Fox, Winifred Ellen
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
Premarital education has been found to be an effective way to reduce risk factors of divorce, yet limited research existed on the use of premarital education with individuals who divorced and later remarried. Thus, remarrying couples, already at a higher risk of divorce than couples entering their first marriage, may be entering remarriage insufficiently prepared to cope with the unique tasks of stepfamily formation. In this study, remarried couples' perceptions of the premarital education they received were qualitatively explored. An attachment lens was used to examine salient topics of divorce and remarriage, and the tasks associated with stepfamily formation. The sample consisted of eight couples who had participated in premarital education and had been married 10 years or less, with each couple including at least one previously divorced individual, and at least one spouse who entered the new marriage with a child from a prior relationship. Questions regarding the experiences and perceptions of the premarital education received were asked in a semi-structured interview format of both the individual "self" and the marital "system", thus yielding 24 interviews. Using grounded theory methodology, the coexisting desire to create a loving relationship yet fear of repeated marital failure were the core categories that emerged. From these core categories, five categories developed: delaying the honeymoon; facing parenting dilemmas; dealing with ex-spouses; facing prior relationship traumas; and the value of support. The results implied that remarried couples carried an additional fear of marital dissolution, which in conjunction with the complex tasks associated with stepfamily formation, promoted attachment insecurities. With this in mind, it was recommended that premarital education for remarried couples include a combined focus on strategies which addressed their simultaneous desire to create a satisfying marriage, while reducing risk factors of repeated marital dissolution. Relevant strategies included the use of an attachment lens to strengthen the marital relationship, the development of a realistic viewpoint of remarriage which addressed the unique developmental passages associated with stepfamily formation, and fostering the development of relationships between stepfamilies and their communities, and if applicable, to the church. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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