Approaches to Providing Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programming for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: An Exploratory Study

August 20, 2018
Topics:
Youth Services, Strengthening Families, Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood
Projects:
Same-sex Relationships: Updates to Healthy Marriage and Relationship Programming (SUHMRE), 2015-2018 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports
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  • Pages 121
  • Published 2018

Introduction

Over the past 10 years, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), based in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), has awarded grants to organizations to provide Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) services. To explore strategies to help programs better serve those who identify along the spectrum of sexual orientation in HMRE programs, the Urban Institute, Public Strategies, and researchers from the Williams Institute at UCLA, conducted the “Same-Sex Relationships: Updates to Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programming” (SUHMRE) study. This exploratory study was funded by OFA and overseen by ACF’s Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE).

Research Questions

  1. 1 What are the broad domains of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programming that could be addressed to foster inclusion of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations?
  2. 2 What are specific approaches that HMRE programs could take, that could foster inclusion of LGB populations?

Key Findings and Highlights

Through the data collection and analysis, the authors developed and refined a Framework for LGB Inclusive HMRE Programming. This framework highlights the three domains in which HMRE programs could influence inclusivity of LGB populations: the overall program, the educator, and the curriculum. Within each domain, the report identified potential approaches for inclusion of LGB populations.

The final report describes data collection and analysis, the Framework for LGB Inclusive HMRE Programming, and potential approaches for inclusion of LGB populations.

Methods

The project involved analysis of data collected through four activities:

  1. a literature review
  2. engagement with experts
  3. interviews with HMRE programs
  4. a review of prominent HMRE curricula
Last Reviewed: February 22, 2019