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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Emmett Burkeen, Dwight Cline, Thomas Updike

Degree Program

Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Degree Type

Education Specialist


The author created an experimental model workshop for group marital preparation in a university setting. Eight couples attended the April 16-17, 1984, workshop, and nine couples attended the March 25-27, 1985, workshop. All persons, with the exception of two couples, were university students.

Each couple was contacted by a form letter which contained questions about their expectations and invited them to take a temperament test. A participant evaluation was done after the workshop.

A great majority of responses support the need for marital education. The workshop enabled the participants to better understand their intended spouses. The basic divisions of commitment, compatibility, communication, conflict and cooperation met the primary needs of the participants. Greater need for the topics of finance and theology was exposed.


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