About PREP, Inc.


The Gold Standard

PREP is the gold standard for the development and dissemination of evidence-based relationship education curricula. There are more studies on variations of PREP by more researchers, on more continents, than ANY other relationship education program for couples. 

Our scientifically-based and empirically-tested method of teaching relationship education is based on over 40 years of research in the field of relationship health, with much of the research conducted at the University of Denver, and funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

Providing Relationship Education Resources

PREP (the company) creates practical materials and provides state-of-the-art training to empower facilitators to help couples/individuals achieve their goals for happy, stable relationships. PREP draws upon proven strategies from cognitive-behavioral couples therapy (practical skills) as well as research on commitment and relationship development. Core themes include communication, conflict management, emotional safety, commitment, expectations, friendship, problem-solving, and emotional support. 

Proven Effects

There are twelve sites that have been evaluated for outcomes, with about 2,000 couples participating in those evaluations. We also want to note that in one of the largest fully, randomized controlled trials ever conducted in the history of the field, couples in the PREP track showed a substantial divorce reduction effect compared to the control group.  
For a master list of PREP evaluation studies: PREP RESEARCH 

The PREP Approach: Globally Delivered 

The PREP Approach has been widely received worldwide in 15 countries and has been translated into 5 languages. PREP is used by a variety of types of community groups serving local populations across the United States. Also using the PREP Approach are companies who have discovered that PREP is perfect for building skills in yet another environment - the workplace. Governmental agencies, the U.S. military, therapists, professors, international groups, and international government agencies are also on board in bringing healthy relationships to couples and individuals through the implementation of the PREP Approach.


Over 1,000,000 individuals have participated in PREP or adaptations of PREP. 



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In their 2017 Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published report, PREP was cited for being "a program that works with couples to build and strengthen relationship skills, including communication and conflict management skills, show evidence for preventing later

IPV." The report also states, "The intervention group [using PREP]also had significantly higher levels of positive communication skills and lower levels of negative communication skills than the control group." Contact us for the study.

 

The Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine released a report, Frontiers for Preventive Intervention Research, which singled out the most promising, empirically based approaches to prevention currently available in various domains.  The PREP program was one of only six programs in the adult category to be included. CLICK HERE

 

30+ years of Highly-Competitive

& Nationally-Recognized Scientific Research:

Based on over 30 years of basic science and outcome research in the field of marital health and success, including many studies conducted at the University of Denver and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health or the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (in the form of various grants awarded to Dr. Howard Markman, Dr. Scott Stanley, Dr. Galena Rhoades, and their colleagues –funding does not imply endorsement).