Introduction to the MarriageStrong Program and its Cultural Applications:
Studies on marital enrichment programs have identified the positive impact of psycho-educational programs on
relationships. However, few studies have assessed a program tailored to clergy spouses who face unique relational stressors.
This study examined clergy and seminary couple reactions to marital satisfaction, trustworthiness and positive feelings toward spouse,
before and after participation in the MarriageStrong program, using the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS), the Relational Ethics Scale (RES) and the Positive Feelings Questionnaire (PFQ). Results indicated significant increases in trustworthiness and positive feelings toward spouse following participation in the MarriageStrong program. Significant increases in marital satisfaction were not demonstrated.
Probable explanations for findings and implications for the program are discussed.