Marriage counseling--Case studies

Equipping Selected Cross-Cultural Married Couples of Philippine International Christian Fellowship of Loveland, Florida, with Conflict Resolution Skills

Author
Pablito Lucas
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected cross-cultural married couples of Philippine International Christian Fellowship, Lakeland, Florida, with marital conflict resolution skills. The project director researched the field of crosscultural marital conflict and identified essential marital communication skills that led to marital conflict resolution. The project director completed a self-guided sty of Leroy Ford's Design for Teaching and Training successfully. He developed and taught a curriculum in a seven-week workshop. The project director consulted a curriculum expert for feedback and recommendation on the finished crriculum prior to the workshop for any revision. The currciuculm equipped selected cross-cultural married couples of Philippine INternational Christian Fellowship, Lakeland, Florida, with marital conflict resolution skills.

Using the oral history interview and coding system variables with a retired ex-military Christian couple in the San Diego area: a single case study method

Author
Richard D Ross
Abstract
This project was a single case study to draw conclusions about the usefulness of the oral history interview and oral history coding system with a retired ex-military couple. Another goal was to describe key elements that might be used for further research in a pilot study. I used the observational method of qualitative research. I concluded that the oral history interview and oral history coding system are effective ways to provide couples with useable feedback on ten dimensions of satisfaction within their marriage. I also concluded that the oral history interview and oral history coding system and key elements will also prove effective in a pilot study.

The journey to marriage: an essential teaching opportunity for the church

Author
Steve M Stewart
Abstract
Maintaining healthy marriages has always been a critical issue for churches, because of the high divorce rates. The general feeling is that many marriages fail, because people get married without understanding the impact this relationship will have on their lives. The Church has a vital role to play in helping to raise he awareness of what marriage entails. It has a unique opportunity to prepare couples for married life. The theology of marriage is explored and the role of the Church to help make healthy marriages. Responses from questionnaires and interviews were used to examine the necessity of premarital counseling. The author focuses on showing the necessity of premarital counseling and why the Church must consider it a tremendous theological teaching moment to help people prepare for Christian marriage. This project follows the path of a proactive assignment. It takes a quantitative and a qualitative case study approach process. This path is followed to achieve a relevant research methodology in order to enable the work to be of relevance to the ministry of the researcher. The author found that even though premarital counseling, can by no means be regarded as the sole factor to guarantee successful marriage, that there is a general agreement that there is need for helpful preparation of couples. Regardless of the outcome of the marriage, He feels it to be of eminent importance for the church to journey with people to their marriages. In that way all couples are made aware of the challenges that come with marriage. Pastors and other counselors must make use of all teaching opportunities available to them to make people aware of theological issues involved in the different aspects of life. This is why the author suggests structured policies on premarital counseling for his Church, which is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Suriname (Evangelisch Lutherse Kerk in Suriname) so that there is uniformity in guiding all members, and all Christians who will read this project. The author finds journeying with couples to their marriages indeed to be a wonderful teaching opportunity.

Marriage and ministry: a case study on providing a psycho-educational marriage enrichment experience for clergy couples

Author
Janet L Humphreys
Abstract
The problem identified was that many clergy marriages are stressed due to the pressures of the profession. This study identified a course of action for offering marriage enrichment to ministry couples. A couples group was added to a Clinical Pastoral Education unit, an established course of study required by seminaries. The method was a case study completed with six couples with pre and post testing. While testing showed slight changes in the marriages, self report included many comments towards marital growth and management of ministry issues. Offering preventative aid may prove to be a valuable resource for clergy couples.
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