Remarriage preparation: Usage, perceived helpfulness, and dyadic adjustment

Brian J. Higginbotham, Julie J. Miller, Sylvia Niehuis

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This study provides a contemporary evaluation of 10 different forms of remarriage preparation. Utilizing a subsample of 303 remarried couples from a larger study of newlyweds, we report usage of remarriage preparation and perceived helpfulness as well as differences in dyadic adjustment between respondents who did or did not prepare. Those who participated in some form of preparation generally found it helpful. The majority of those who did not prepare felt it was unnecessary. Differences in dyadic adjustment varied by the form of preparation. Implications for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers include the need for more research-based materials that counter popular stepfamily myths as well as resources that can be made available to the public through mediums that are trusted and commonly accessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-329
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Dyadic adjustment
  • Family life education
  • Marriage preparation
  • Remarriage
  • Stepfamilies


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