MSF’s marriage, relationship education course garners positive support


More than 90 per cent of couples who have taken part in the marriage and relationship education programme offered by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) have given their stamps of approval, the MSF said on Thursday (Jun 9).

The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (PREP) was launched in December 2014 for soon-to-wed and newly-wed couples, and more than 3,000 couples have participated so far, MSF added.

According to the ministry, the programme is based on 30 years of research from the United States on topics like communication and commitment. Two-hour sessions are offered from Monday to Friday for free, while 12-hour workshops are available every other weekend.

Participants also said they would recommend the programme to their friends, as they found the skills they learnt helpful. This includes how to manage conflict and communicate effectively with their partners.

Even with the positive response, MSF said it is currently evaluating the programme to see how it can be made more effective, with preliminary results for the evaluation released in 2017.  The ministry may also look into rolling out more sessions or increasing the number of trainers, depending on the feedback it receives.

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