Relationship Support Interventions Evaluation


13 February 2014

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This evaluation, led by the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, sought evidence on the effectiveness and value for money of three types of relationship support intervention: Marriage preparation (delivered by Marriage Care); Let’s Stick Together (a brief relationship education session delivered mainly to mothers); and couple counselling (delivered by the AFCS, Marriage Care, Relate and TCCR).

Key Findings

  • Attending couple counselling results in positive changes in individuals’ relationship quality, well-being and communication
  • Receiving marriage preparation is associated with positive changes in relationship quality or well-being, depending on the type of preparation attended and changed people’s attitudes towards receiving relationship support in future
  • Attending a short LST session is not associated with any statistically significant positive changes, although many participants reported positive impacts of attending several months afterwards
  • Couple counselling and FOCCUS marriage preparation were both found to be cost effective, providing substantially greater savings to society than they cost to deliver

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