Relationship priorities and the Australian marriage divide
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Policymakers tackle the 'problem' end of the relationship spectrum, but avoid investing much in early prevention programmes, thereby contributing to a 'marriage divide'. Although it is reasonable that distressed or divorcing couples receive more policy attention than intact families, preventative measures should be reconsidered. Addressing socioeconomic inequality, evaluating whether programmes can enhance relationship quality and acknowledging that couples – especially those at-risk – are unaware of, or uninterested in participating in preventative programmes would help.
Families, Relationships and Societies
Copyright 2015 The Policy Press. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Families, Relationships and Societies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Relationship priorities and the Australian marriage divide, Vol. 4, Issue.1 , Pages. 171-176, 2015 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674315X14212349561352
Sociology not elsewhere classified