Are Governments and Marriage Strange Bedfellows?
An interesting development since the 1950s has been that some national governments introduced social policies that promote and fund couple relationship education (CRE). This situation represents a new focus for governments in attempting to promote certain characteristics of intimate couple relationships. In this chapter we describe the changing nature of couple relationships, which provides the context within which such policies developed; and we analyze the social policies on CRE of the national governments in Australia, the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (U.K.). The chapter also includes recommendations on how the available evidence should influence social policy.
The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships