13 February 2014
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).
- 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