Relationship skills and strategies began to be taught in earnest in the early 1970s. By then, researchers had compiled enough concrete scientific evidence that couples could learn ways in which to safeguard their relationships and improve their mutual understanding and intimacy levels. Up until that point, the primary resource for couples was marriage therapy. Drs. Howard Markman and Scott Stanley, two of the primary founders of PREP, Inc., have conducted numerous research studies to determine what skills and strategies most benefit participants who seek to improve their relationships.

Listed below are abstracts for articles that fall into the Basic Science Research category. These articles focus on the individual variables that impact relationship success; such as communication strategies, oxytocin levels, or co-habitation prior to marriage. This research is highly respected in the field of relationship education, and it is not uncommon to see the findings in these articles and the names Markman and Stanley cited in even our competitors' curricula. If you are interested in the full article please contact us at

"Hooking Up" Among College Students - DOWNLOAD
A Study of Self-Reports, Spouses’ Reports, and Observational Coding - DOWNLOAD
Assessing Commitment in Personal Relationships - DOWNLOAD
Associations Between Marital Distress and Work Loss - DOWNLOAD
Before They Said "I do" - DOWNLOAD
Can Spouses Provide Knowledge of Each Other's Communication Patterns? -
Couples' reasons for Cohabitation: Associations With Individual Well-Being and Relationship Quality: DOWNLOAD
Depressive Symptoms in Early Marriage: Predictions from Relationship Confidence and Negative Marital Interaction - DOWNLOAD
Development of Relationship Education For Low Income Individuals - DOWNLOADS
Effects of Parental Divorce On Marital Commitment and Confidence - DOWNLOAD
Family Emotional Processes and Adolescents’ Adjustment - DOWNLOAD
Forgiving the September 11th Terrorists: Associations With Coping, Psychological Distress, and Religiosity - DOWNLOAD
Hitting Home: Relationships between Recent Deployment, Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms, and Marital Functioning for Army Couples - DOWNLOAD
If I Help My Partner, Will It Hurt Me? Perceptions of Sacrifice In Romantic Relationships - DOWNLOAD
Insights On the Foundations of Relationship Success - DOWNLOAD
Maybe I Do: Interpersonal Commitment and Premarital Or Nonmarital Cohabitation - DOWNLOAD
Prayer and Marital Intervention: A Conceptual Framework - DOWNLOAD
Prayer and Marital Intervention: Toward an Open, Empirically-Grounded Dialogue - DOWNLOAD
Pre-engagement Cohabitation and Gender Asymmetry In Marital Commitment - DOWNLOAD
Premarital Cohabitation, Husbands' Commitment, and Wives' Satisfaction - DOWNLOAD
Premarital Precursors of Marital Infidelity - DOWNLOAD
Relationship Problems in the Early Stages of Marriage - DOWNLOAD
Relative Contributions of Relationship Distress and Depression To Communication Patterns - DOWNLOAD
Sacrifice as a Predictor of Marital Outcomes - DOWNLOAD
Sliding vs. Deciding: Inertia and the Premarital Cohabitation Effect - DOWNLOAD
The Effect of the Transition to Parenthood On Relationship Quality: An Eight-Year Prospective Study - DOWNLOAD
The Pre-Engagement Cohabitation Effect: A Replication and Extension of Previous Findings - DOWNLOAD
The Revised Commitment Inventory: Psychometrics and Use With Unmarried - DOWNLOAD
The Timing of Cohabitation and Engagement: Impact On First and Second Marriages - DOWNLOAD
Timing Is Everything: Pre-Engagement Cohabitation and Increased Risk For Poor Marital Outcomes - DOWNLOAD
Transformative Processes In Marriage: An Analysis of Emerging Trends - DOWNLOAD
Understanding Romantic Relationships Among Emerging Adults: The Significant Roles of Cohabitation and Ambiguity - DOWNLOAD
Using What We Know: Commitment and Cognitions In Marital Therapy - DOWNLOAD
Validation of Modified Family and Interparental Conflict Scales - DOWNLOAD
Viewing Sexually-Explicit Materials Alone Or Together: Associations With Relationship Quality - DOWNLOAD
What Is It With Men and Commitment, Anyway? - DOWNLOAD
Women’s Weekly Relationship Functioning and Depressive Symptoms - DOWNLOAD
Working With Cohabitation In Relationship Education and Therapy - DOWNLOAD