Predicting marital success with prepare: A predictive validity study

Blaine Fowers, D. H. Olson

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In order to determine the predictive validity of the premarital inventory PREPARE, this study assessed the utility of PREPARE in predicting marital success. A 3-year follow-up study was conducted with 164 couples who took PREPARE during their engagement. As hypothesized, it was found that satisfied couples scored significantly higher on the inventory than dissatisfied couples, divorced couples, and couples who cancelled their marriage. It was also hypothesized and found that dissatisfied married couples did not differ significantly from couples who cancelled their marriage or those who divorced. Using discriminant analysis, it was found that the PREPARE scores from 3 months before marriage could predict with 80-90% accuracy which couples were separated and divorced from those that were happily married. These findings not only demonstrate the predictive validity of PREPARE, but its potential utility in identifying high-risk c

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-413
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume12
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Predicting marital success with prepare : A predictive validity study. / Fowers, Blaine; Olson, D. H.

In: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Vol. 12, No. 4, 01.01.1986, p. 403-413.

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