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Patricia Schell Kuhlman
Gregory A. Kuhlman, Ph.D.
Marriage Success Training premarital education seminars
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March 24, 2004

Premarital Preparation-­ It's Not Just for Religious or Poor Couples

(New York, NY) - Recently the federal government joined the long-time marriage education efforts of religious institutions. Couples from all backgrounds now face more demands and have fewer supports than ever before. The typical complex marriage­-managing two careers while rearing children­-really requires that couples have very strong, well-established abilities to maintain mutuality and set goals.

Without this foundation, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by stress and time pressures. The average couple waits six years before seeking help. Many happy, engaged couples are shocked to learn that their odds for a long-term, satisfying marriage are only one in four: half of all marriages end in divorce and only half of those remaining are truly happy.

Some couples mistakenly believe that having lived together will prepare them for marriage. Surprisingly, research shows that these couples have no better chance at marriage success than others.

Most couples don’t understand that skill-based pre-marriage education can reduce their risk of divorce by up to thirty percent and lead to a significantly happier marriage, according to marriage research. It can also reduce some of the stress of the pre-wedding period. More traditional premarital counseling usually is not sufficiently comprehensive.

A new marriage preparation service is aimed at helping sophisticated New York, Washington, DC, Boston and Chicago couples to prepare for enduring, satisfying marriages. Marriage Success Training premarital education workshops are based on the latest marriage research about what makes marriages succeed and fail. Couples who have participated in the one-day MST seminar have been enthusiastic, describing it as “essential,” “enlightening,” “easy to relate to and highly effective.”

Developed and led by Patricia Schell Kuhlman and Gregory A. Kuhlman, Ph.D., a married professional couple, MST is a religion-neutral alternative to more traditional premarital preparation, such as premarital counseling or programs offered by religious institutions. Couples learn to communicate more effectively and resolve conflicts in a healthy way, as well as how to protect their relationship, including their sex life, from being undermined by the normal stresses that eventually surface in any relationship.

The MST web site­­-provides a wealth of free premarital and marriage information, in addition to details about the seminar program.


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