Husband and wife

What guidance can we give to persons whose spouse does not share their level of faith or even practices another faith?

Author
Diane Akers
Abstract
The goal of my thesis is to give guidance to persons whose spouse does not share their level of faith or even practice another faith. I describe the healing of my marriage and invite others to discover prayerful ways of finding healing in their marriages. I provide thirty-one days of prayer for spouses as a way of discerning what God intends for us to hear, understand the marriage covenant now and learn how to communicate with our husbands to produce understanding. The guidance provided shifted the participant's perspective to be able to see their way to a healthy marriage.

Marriage relationship enrichment in Shinyanga District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania east of Lake Victoria Diocese

Author
Emmanuel Joseph Makala
Abstract
The aim of this research project is to determine whether Lutheran couples in the Shinyanga District of South East of Lake Victoria Diocese could increase their satisfaction with their marriage relationship after attending personal seminars in private rooms of the church. The program aims to measure quantitatively the increase of their satisfaction and commitment to their relationship over a period of five months. A total of two hundred participants will be included. The outcome over time will be determined through a statistical comparison of pre-seminar data versus post-seminar data from the couples. There will be two groups: one with a full five daylong seminars held in the church, and a control group who do not receive the seminars.

Mindset, marital satisfaction, and volunteer commitment: a qualitative study with volunteer marriage leaders in northwest Arkansas

Author
Stewart D Grant
Abstract
This is an phenomenological project from a constructivist viewpoint to determine why five marriage education couples exceeded their volunteer commitment. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed in order to understand the intrinsic and relational variables contributing to their service duration. Themes identified were (1) faith and belief as a framework, (2) personal and relational growth, and (3) growth mindset. A conceptual model of mindset appeared that served commitment and intent. This model is discussed, along with integration and other research models. Implications for volunteer coordinators and pastors of enrichment programs are suggested, along with ideas for future research.

Exploring the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral marital enrichment intervention to repair broken marital trust in Christian couples

Author
John D VanderKaay
Abstract
Will repairing marital trust increase marital satisfaction, commitment, and forgiveness in married couples? Due to broken trust in the relationship, many married couples are unable or unwilling to fully utilize even skills they already have to strengthen their marriage. If broken marital trust was fully repaired, not only would marital trust levels rise, but so would commitment and forgiveness. Through pretest, posttest, and follow-up tests during a small group intervention study, the researcher determined that trust was increased in the majority of couples. Due to limited sample size, no other statistically significant change was determined by the study.

The effect of a spiritual formation program on perceived marital satisfaction

Author
Jeffrey D Granger
Abstract
This thesis researches whether a 12-week spiritual formation program for a group of ten to twelve married Christian couples will enhance their individual relationship with God and others, and therefore, increase perceived marital satisfaction. It outlines a model for spiritual formation centered on being conformed to the image of Christ. Theoretical support ties spirituality to marital satisfaction, and subjectification to love for God and others. Measures include the DAS, SWBS, and qualitative questionnaires. Results suggest this program was a positive influence on perceived marital satisfaction.

Developing couples as servant leaders Penticton, British Columbia

Author
Hendrik-Jan Groot
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to implement a program that will help prepare couples for spiritual leadership within any local church. This project focused on enhancing tripartite relationships as a necessary component for leadership training. Over a four month period, the participants will be further equipped to minister life, hope, encouragement, and healing to others as a result of their own relationships with God, their spouse and the community.

Intimate allies: exploring the effect of a marital intervention to increase marital intimacy for military couples facing ongoing deployments

Author
Warren K Robinson
Abstract
This study evaluated a biblical and psycho-educational program designed to increase and strengthen marital satisfaction and commitment among military couples. The primary objective was to educate couples on eight dimensions of intimacy and measure the impact on satisfaction and commitment. It was hypothesized that after receiving the education, couples would report increases in intimacy, satisfaction, and commitment. A convenience sample of ten couples participated in a twelve week marital enrichment program. Results indicated that participating in the program increased marital satisfaction and strengthened commitment. The author recommends that marital enrichment programs incorporate a multidimensional intimacy model when working with couples.

Toward building intimacy in young couples in Tatarstan, Russia using a culturally adapted, communication-focused version of PREP [registered symbol], a marital enrichment program

Author
Monte E Race
Abstract
The thesis studied the effect that a culturally adapted version of the MRE PREP has on marital intimacy, marital satisfaction, conflict resolution, and expectations on young married couples in Tatarstan, Russia. ANOVA with a pretest, posttest, and waitlist design was used to compare the change in dependent variables in relation to the independent variable PREP. The test group compared to the control group showed moderate positive effect sizes for communication and conflict resolution skills. Regarding marital satisfaction and intimacy no statistically significant changes were noted. Intimacy, satisfaction, communication skills, and expectations were all positively correlated.

Issues in Christian marriage: Osborn's leadership paradigm as applied to Christian marriage and how it differs from complementary and egalitarian approaches

Author
May M Ting
Abstract
The researcher tested the Osborn Leadership Paradigm, a Christ-centered paradigm based on the Book of Ephesians, as a marital intervention strategy. This intervention stressed the importance of building a solid relationship with God as the foundation of Christian marriage. Participants attended training on the paradigm and were evaluated for marital saitsfaction. A key focus was on the husband supporting the wife in her self-differntiation to become what God made her to be. Staistical significance was found using the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test, the Marital Satisfaction Inventory-Revised, and What Kind of Marriage Do You Have questionnaire.

A pastoral newlywed follow-up program in West Zion Mennonite Church

Author
Trevor J Kiriaka
Abstract
This project is a pastoral newlywed follow-up program. It seeks to overcome some of the weakness of, and act as an extension of, premarital counseling. The project serves to help newlyweds in their first years of marriage and was based on Gottman and Silver's book Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. There were five sessions and six couples involved. The program was designed to help couples grow in love, assess key relational issues and increase in their appreciation of marital enrichment. The project was successful in attaining the bulk of its objectives, but there is room for improvement.
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