chapter  12
30 Pages

Communication Training, Marriage Enrichment, and Premarital Counseling

WithLee Williams

Beginning in the 1960s, the divorce rate in the United States dramatically climbed to unprecedented levels. Although the divorce rate stopped rising in 1980, current estimates are that roughly 45% of fi rst marriages will end in divorce within 20 years (Copen, Daniels, Vespa, & Mosher, 2012). The high divorce rate has focused attention on the need for programs designed to help couples develop happy and lasting marriages.