Topics: Marriage, Educational psychology, Sociology Pages: 5 (833 words) Published: March 18, 2015

Conducting Qualitative Research: Marriage and Relationships
Jean Berry
Walden University

Conducting Qualitative Research: Marriage and Relationships
The article by Hawkins et al. covers the study of marriage and relationship education Research (MRE). Marriage and relationship education entails the development of strategies, interaction, skilled communication and problem-solving abilities with a focus on active listening, allow for the development of a solid and healthy facilitate healthy connection between people in a relationship (Hawkins, Blanchard, Baldwin, & Fawcett (2008). Marriage and relationship education is not provided to couples alone, but presented on a group level as a prevention tool for current committed couples, who are working on strengthening their relationship. (Hawkins et al., 2008). This approach is not meant for crisis solving, but for those working toward establishing a stronger bond. Marriage and relationship education (MRE) can provide individuals and couples the ability to have strong, happy relationships. Issues Related to Population

Hawkins et al. (2008) found that there were limitations related to the studies done in relation to marriage and relationships. Hawkins et al. (2008) found that the main aim was to focus on idea that MRE are able to help couples develop and ensure beneficial and strong healthy relationships. The researcher’s primary concern seemed that of the MRE’s efficacy from an assessment standpoint. A summary of 117 studies was done, finding that the majority of those receive the services of MRE’s were mostly “White, middle-class, married couples in general enrichment programs who were not experiencing significant relationship distress” (Hawkins et al., 2008, p. 725). Further mention is made of only two studies incorporating mostly low-income marriage teams and a limited four non-Caucasian couple studies existing (Hawkins et al., 2008). The limited amount of variation in the population studied limits the information available to be applied beyond that of “White, middle-class, married couples in general enrichment programs who were not experiencing significant relationship distress”. There is a significant limit in studies representing the disadvantaged and those of a diverse ethnic population. By having limited representation, the studies are not generalizable in any usable sense for research purpose. Looking past research, to the idea of helping people with MRE approach, no matter what level of income, diversity or socioeconomic background, helping someone be successful is always a positive outcome. Expanding the help to all is a goal. Increase Participation of the Population

There is an obvious necessity to garner increased participation in these education programs from participants who range in socioeconomic status and ethnic diversity. By looking at the advertising and the curriculum, the needs of those not attending may be addressed. It might be necessary to look to the federal government to address the discrepancy and make the programs available to those that it misses. Existing federally supported programs such as, Supporting Healthy Marriage, which focus on poverty level couples at the poverty level in need of education (Stanely, 2014) could be implemented to increase participation. Offering such MRE classes through the military would also reach a cross section dynamic. Hawkins et al. (2008) points out that there is funding in near $500 million available for a five-year period, so utilizing existing federal family-focused programs would be beneficial. Seeking More Generalizable Results

For something to have generalizability, it is required that it represents some population of interest. For this study, generalizability is the effects of MRE on the population taking the sessions. Those participating in the sessions, needing to be a reliable representation of the MRE program. In order to have the truest representation of those...

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