About Our Research


PREP curricula are scientifically based

The strategies of PREP are based on the growing body of research on marital and family health. The PREP Approach is based on over 30 years of research in the field of marital health and success, with much of the specific research conducted at the University of Denver and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.


PREP works to regularly refine their strategies and materials based on ongoing research being conducted by various social scientists around the world. As research reveals more about relationships, PREP incorporates the latest most useful (and robust) findings into their program.

While some of the values underlying strong and healthy relationships are timeless (e.g., respect, commitment, forgiveness), there is always more to learn about helping couples and individuals to become more resilient. As well as providing cutting edge knowledge, PREP also refines its educational strategies for teaching adult learners.


PREP has been studied intensively for over two decades

Over the years PREP curricula have been evaluated by six different research teams and its effectiveness has been studied in four different countries. PREP, Inc., is among the very few curricula providers who can say that we offer curricula that have demonstrated beneficial effects in accordance with highly rigorous scientific standards for dissemination. To browse the list of PREP's articles on effectiveness click here.

The PREP team has written over 130 journal articles, papers, and reports based on their research.

Since 1980, this body of research has received support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institutes' of Child Health and Development, the Administration of Children and Families, the National Science Foundation, and the Hunt Foundation. To browse the list of PREP's articles on relationship dynamics click here.


The PREP team is also relied upon to provide talks and research summaries

As experts in the field, the team often puts together powerful presentations that report on relationship education or the relationship dynamics that are being studied in the field.
To browse PREP's white papers click here.