Do the Effects of a Relationship Education Program Vary for Different Types of Couples? Exploratory Subgroup Analysis in the Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation

Publication Date: April 4, 2014

Introduction

This paper presents the results of exploratory analyses of impacts for six additional subgroups that research suggests may be differentially affected by an intervention such as SHM. The study’s main 12-month and 30-month impact reports limited subgroup analysis to those defined by level of marital distress, family income-to-poverty level, and race/ethnicity. This paper explores whether the impacts of the SHM program on marital quality and stability outcomes differ according to six additional characteristics: (1) length of marriage at study entry, (2) experience of abuse or neglect in the family of origin, (3) psychological distress at study entry, (4) whether the extended family respects and values the couple’s marriage, (5) presence of a stepchild in the household, and (6) presence of a child under 3 in the household.

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