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Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family

Much of the success and fulfillment in life depends on creating healthy relationships, yet this is one of the most challenging tasks. Through the marriage and family movement, many educational programs and approaches have been developed to give people the knowledge and skills for creating successful relationships. See UPF's Statement on Families.

For more resources

UPF educational presentations:

The International Day of Families, May 15, is a wonderful opportunity to organize a marriage and family seminar. For suggestions, click here.


Research on Marriage and Family:

The Institute for Family Studies: Strong Families, Sustainable Societies 
Marriage and Religion Research Institute
The Washington Times: Faith and Family News

Relationship Education for Youth:
Many youth fall into bad relationships because they have little knowledge or self-awareness and poor relationship skills. The lives and future of our youth can be improved by teaching good decision-making, the nature of healthy relationships, how to avoid destructive relationships and make smart choices about sex, and preparation for lasting loving marriages.

See: UPF's character education curriculum: Building Successful Relationships
The Dibble Institute for Teaching Relationship Skills to Teens
Alive to the World: Building Character for the Next Generation
Love and Fidelity: Sexual Integrity for Young Adults

Parenting Education:
Parenting is such a critical responsibility and yet there is almost no instruction as to how to do it well. Parents and children enjoy healthier and happier relationships when parents learn more effective discipline approaches and communication skills.

See: Centered Kids Can Handle Bullies and Other Challenges
Parents Forum

Marriage and Relationship Education:
Never before has marriage been less supported by social, moral, religious, and cultural scaffolding. With changing gender roles and loosening of traditional values, couples face more challenges than ever before. Studies have shown that couples that learn realistic expectations, gender differences, problem-solving and communication skills have happier and longer lasting relationships. Conflicted couples that had lost all hope often learn how to rebuild a thriving marriage through this new information. Marriage education helps people build strong marriages, strengthen the parenting unit, and make the most important relationships truly fulfilling.

See: National Healthy Marriage Resource Center
Smart Marriages 
Marriage Week International 
Marriage Mentoring 
The Marriage Courses: Sessions designed to help couples build a stronger marriage.

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