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Course Content and Change in Students: Are Marital Expectations Altered by Marriage Education?

Mary Riege Laner and J. Neil Russell
Teaching Sociology
Vol. 22, No. 1 (Jan., 1994), pp. 10-18
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1318606
Page Count: 9
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Course Content and Change in Students: Are Marital Expectations Altered by Marriage Education?
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Abstract

Using a pretest/posttest design, we explore whether exposure to a problems-oriented college course in courtship, marriage, and family lowers unrealistically high marital expectations among unmarried college students. Findings show that only a very modest lowering effect occurs, and only among women. Unmarried young adults' marital expectations are found to be significantly higher than those of a group of persons married at least 10 years. Explanations for these findings are offered, along with suggestions for reducing too-high expectations and for further study.

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