School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Stacey C. Lilley
Christian, Bible, Marriage, Premarital, Counseling, Divorce
Christianity | Counseling
Salley, Sheila Delores, "Premarital Counseling and Christianity: A Composition of Couples Intuition and Understanding as it relates to Marital Satisfaction" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3355.
Increasing divorce rates in the United States of America have resulted in Premarital Counseling (PMC) gaining grave popularity over the last couple of decades. There has been a proliferation of premarital counseling programs in the United States of America since the 1930s with a thrust toward building and sustaining satisfying marriages. Traditional premarital counseling programs focus on ensuring satisfaction once the couple is married; however, there is a significant gap in researching the impact of incorporating Christian values as a means of therapeutic intervention. This study involved eight Christian, African American, heterosexual couples who received Christian-based PMC (CPMC) and have been married for a minimum of seven years. An interpretative phenomenology approach (IPA) to qualitative research was utilized to obtain in-depth knowledge regarding how the couples view the contribution of CPMC to the attainment of marital satisfaction. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews that were conducted via Zoom video conferencing. Data was summarized using IPA analytics. Topics such as cohabitation, and family of origin, are discussed in the study.