What is the research behind the PREP Approach as it pertains to the military?
In one of the most rigorous studies in the history of relationship education (using a randomized controlled trial), we found that that the chaplain-led PREP training cut the risk of divorce for Army couples nearly in half at two years after the training.
Further, we showed that among couples living together before being engaged or married (a group we've shown to be at higher risk in many studies), PREP lowered their risks for both divorce and lower relationship quality to where their risks were no longer greater than other couples. Full List
Are there independent research studies of PREP and PREP derivatives?
Yes! In fact PREP and PREP derivatives have had more studies by more researches on more continents than any other relationship education program that has ever existed.
Which came first? PREP curricula or the research?
Keep in mind that our curricula was developed after years of research in the field of relationship health and success, with much of the specific research conducted at the University of Denver and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. That research continues today. (Including many independent researchers.) We continually refine our curricula as new data is released. PREP curricula is Informed, Tested, and Refined. Full List
A longstanding relationship with the U.S. military
PREP founder, Dr. Howard J. Markman shares how beginning with the Navy in 1989, PREP now provides materials and services to all branches of the military. Dr. Markman is a John Evans Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver and the Co-Director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies.
Chaplaincy, Fleet and Family, Family Advocacy teams, and more from every branch of the U.S. Military use PREP curricula to train their servicemembers PREP's practical skills and strategies that increase resiliency.
If you work with military couples many teams teach PREP 8.0 and augment with ePREP.
This current edition of PREP maintains all of the core themes of the PREP Approach, which is based on over 30 years of research into relationship dynamics. With several options to choose from