Basic Science Research Abstracts


Relationship skills and strategies began to be taught in earnest in the early 1970s.  By then, researchers had compiled enough concrete scientific evidence that couples could learn ways in which to safeguard their relationships and improve their mutual understanding and intimacy levels.  Up until that point, the primary resource for couples was marriage therapy.  Drs. Howard Markman and Scott Stanley, two of the primary founders of PREP, Inc., have conducted numerous research studies to determine what skills and strategies most benefit participants who seek to improve their relationships.

The articles below fall into the Basic Science Research category.  These articles focus on the individual variables that impact relationship success; such as communication strategies, oxytocin levels, or co-habitation prior to marriage.  This research is highly respected in the field of relationship education and it is not uncommon to see the findings in these articles and the names Markman and Stanley cited in even our competitors' curricula.

 

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"Hooking Up" Among College Students
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A Study of Self-Reports, Spouses’ Reports, and Observational Coding
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Assessing Commitment in Personal Relationships
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For Individuals
Associations Between Marital Distress and Work Loss
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Before They Said "I do"
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Can Spouses Provide Knowledge of Each Other’s Communication Patterns?
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Commitment: Functions, Formation, and the Securing of Romantic Attachment
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For Individuals
Couples' reasons for Cohabitation: Associations With Individual Well-Being and Relationship Quality
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Depressive Symptoms In Early Marriage: Predictions From Relationship Confidence and Negative
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For Individuals
Depressive Symptoms in Early Marriage: Predictions from Relationship Confidence and Negative Marital Interaction
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Development of Relationship Education For Low Income Individuals
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Effects of Parental Divorce On Marital Commitment and Confidence
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Family Emotional Processes and Adolescents’ Adjustment
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Forgiving the September 11th Terrorists: Associations With Coping, Psychological Distress, and Religiosity
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Hitting Home: Relationships between Recent Deployment, Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms, and Marital Functioning for Army Couples
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If I Help My Partner, Will It Hurt Me? Perceptions of Sacrifice In Romantic Relationships
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Insights On the Foundations of Relationship Success
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Maybe I Do: Interpersonal Commitment and Premarital Or Nonmarital Cohabitation
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Prayer and Marital Intervention: A Conceptual Framework
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Prayer and Marital Intervention: Toward an Open, Empirically-Grounded Dialogue
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Pre-engagement Cohabitation and Gender Asymmetry In Marital Commitment
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Pre-Engagement Cohabitation and Gender Asymmetry In Marital Commitment
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Premarital Cohabitation, Husbands' Commitment, and Wives' Satisfaction
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Premarital Precursors of Marital Infidelity
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Relationship Problems in the Early Stages of Marriage
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Relative Contributions of Relationship Distress and Depression To Communication Patterns In Couples
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Sacrifice as a Predictor of Marital Outcomes
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Sliding vs. Deciding: Inertia and the Premarital Cohabitation Effect
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For Individuals
The Effect of the Transition to Parenthood On Relationship Quality: An Eight-Year Prospective Study
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The Pre-Engagement Cohabitation Effect: A Replication and Extension of Previous Findings
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The Revised Commitment Inventory: Psychometrics and Use With Unmarried Couples
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The Timing of Cohabitation and Engagement: Impact On First and Second Marriages
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Timing Is Everything: Pre-Engagement Cohabitation and Increased Risk For Poor Marital Outcomes
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For Individuals
Transformative Processes In Marriage: An Analysis of Emerging Trends
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Understanding Romantic Relationships Among Emerging Adults: The Significant Roles of Cohabitation and Ambiguity
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Using What We Know: Commitment and Cognitions In Marital Therapy
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Validation of Modified Family and Interparental Conflict Scales
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Viewing Sexually-Explicit Materials Alone Or Together: Associations With Relationship Quality
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What Is It With Men and Commitment, Anyway?
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For Individuals
Women’s Weekly Relationship Functioning and Depressive Symptoms
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Working With Cohabitation In Relationship Education and Therapy
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