10 Ways Couple Assessments can Improve any Relationship Education Program (5)

Assessment provides surprising information about each others perspectives on the relationship. They may discover that they do not agree with their partner as much as they think they do, and are less aware of their partners perspectives (ideas, thoughts, feelings) as they assume. Assessment provides a reality check and often many surprises to each person.

Assessment is a critical component of most professions but professionals working with couples or families  have often failed to take advantage of these assessments. Physicians typically run a variety of diagnostic tests before they make their final decision on treatment. Teachers use examinations to determine a students achievement level. Police Officers use radar to determine the speed a car is driving. Engineers use stress tests to determine whether a structure will be functional for the task.

Following on from last weeks post, the following are ten ways that couple assessment can increase the impact of any marriage or family education program:

5. Assessment provides surprising information about each others perspectives on the relationship.

One surprising experience for most couples is that they discover that they do not agree with their partner as much as they think they do. The average correlation of the husband and wife on PREPARE/ENRICH scales is about .50. In order to determine the accuracy of predicting a partners responses from knowing the other person, you would square the correlation between the responses. This means that if you know one persons response, only 25% of the time will be able to accurately predict their spouses response. So most couples are seldom aware of their partners perspectives (ideas, thoughts, feelings) as they assume. Assessment provides a reality check and often many surprises to each person.

For more tips and reminders, tune in next week… Read about the 10 ways Couple Assessment can improve your relationship education program.

Contract: prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049

PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

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