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Healthy Relationships California has released promising results of a yearlong federally funded program on relationship and marriage education for low-income couples.

Compared with a control group, participants in the group’s 6-15 week Supporting Healthy Marriage programs reported higher levels of relationship satisfaction and general happiness, improved communication, and a lower incidence of negative behavior in spousal interactions. 6,298 couples with children or expecting children participated in the program statewide.

“While there is more that needs to be learned in this emerging and promising field, after decades of family breakdown trends, this is encouraging news, especially for low-income and at-risk couples,” says Healthy Relationships vice president Patty Howell.

The outfit will continue to track participants for a longer term, but also reports improvements among another group of over 17,000 participants it has been tracking for five years.

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