The Center for Marital and Family Studies is currently the home to four large, federally supported studies. Three of these are randomized effectiveness trials of relationship education and one is a study of relationship development (and cohabitation dynamics) using a large, longitudinal, national sample of couples at key developmental stages. Learn more about these studies and how they continue to inform the development of intervention programs.
Family Stability Project
The Family Stability Project is an ongoing longitudinal study of couples. It began in the late 1990s and is currently funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). For more information, contact Amanda Maddox or Kate Serralde at 303-871-3062.
Army Marriage Project
The AMP is a long-term study of the effectiveness of a version of PREP we developed for the Army (PREP for Strong Bonds). The study is a randomized clinical trial comparing PREP with a no-intervention control group.
Relationship Development Study
The RDS is a long-term study of relationship development that started when participants were dating or otherwise early in their relationship. We have followed these couples through key relationship transitions, including living together, marriage, having children, divorce, forming new relationships, etc.