Writing Television PSAs.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) or on-air TV spots are a great way to get the word out regarding your healthy marriage initiative. You can visually show people examples of a workshop and what marriage education “”looks like.”” However, television advertising is expensive. There are costs to produce an advertising campaign and to purchase air time. Depending on your resources and the size of your local media market, television can be the least cost effective medium for promoting your initiative and/or event. This Tip Sheet will help you understand the dynamics associated with producing PSAs or spots for TV. (Author abstract)

Young Adult Attitudes About Relationships and Marriage: Times May Have Changed, But Expectations Remain High.

This Research Brief provides a portrait of the attitudes and opinions of young adults about relationships and the importance of marriage. To develop this portrait, Child Trends analyzed data from Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health by gender, race/ethnicity, and relationship status. Results of our analyses indicate that most young adults have high expectations for marrying someday, though fewer wish to be married currently. Moreover, many young adults are currently in a cohabiting or marital relationship and the vast majority agrees that cohabitation is acceptable. We also found that young adults value love, fidelity, and commitment as part of successful relationships. (Author abstract modified)

Young, Unmarried, with Children [Streaming Audio].

For the first time in America, over half of all mothers under thirty are unwed. New research finds that more than 50 percent of all births to women under 30 are out of wedlock. Fifty years ago, it was 6 percent. It’s the unintended consequence of big shifts in culture and policy, and it’s got long-range implications for the way we live. This program looks at the impact on children, families, and the whole American economy. (Author abstract modified)Guests: Andrew Sum, Sara McLanahan, Carmen Patterson-Worrell, and Lisa Ward.Length of program: 46 minutes.

Your Time-Starved marriage : How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life [DVD].

This small group DVD curriculum is designed to give couples the tools they need to stay connected and make more time for each other and for their marriage. The curriculum includes six 60-minute sessions, with an optional 5-7 minute related Bible study for each session. The sessions address: myths that time can be stopped and that time can be saved; the impact of busyness on a marriage and how to battle busyness; different time styles and identifying a time style; priorities and making time together; maximizing spare time; preventing time stealers; making the most of mealtimes; choosing more time rather than more money; and making time for rest, recreation, and restoration. The DVD also includes segments to recruit coupes for a small group and previews of other relevant products. An accompanying guide provides session outlines and references workbook exercises.

Your Time-Starved Marriage : How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life.

This book discusses strategies married couples can use to make more time for each other and for their marriage. Chapters address: myths that time can be stopped and that time can be saved; the impact of busyness on a marriage and how to battle busyness; different time styles and identifying a time style; priorities and making time together; maximizing spare time; preventing time stealers; making the most of mealtimes; choosing more time rather than more money; and making time for rest, recreation, and restoration. Chapters close with reflection questions and with a reference to a workbook exercises. Throughout the text reference is made to the Time-Style Marriage Assessment, an online assessment for identifying an individual’s time style. An appendix analyses the results of the assessment and discusses time management strategies for couples. 41 references.

Youth Focused Relationships and Marriage Education.

Adolescence is a key time to offer relationships/marriage education, as it is during adolescence that youth begin to actively explore romantic relationships. Providing effective relationships education can support positive youth development and help reduce impulsive and health-compromising behaviors. Relationships education also can facilitate movement toward well- functioning committed relationships and marriages in adulthood. This article addresses the value of romantic relationships education for adolescents, and offers an example of a youth-focused relationships education curriculum. A summary of key findings from the first year of a multi-year curriculum evaluation study is provided. (Author abstract).

You Don’t Have to Take it Anymore: Turn Your Resentful, Angry, or Emotionally Abusive Relationship into a Compassionate, Loving One.

As many as one-third of all American women tiptoe through life as if they are walking on eggshells — at home, they spend most of their time trying to avoid criticism, anger, put-downs, or cold shoulders from their husbands or boyfriends. This verbal and emotional abuse can erupt over anything and everything, matters large and small: housework, cooking, work, spending money, buying household items and clothes for the kids, and going out.

Your Time-Starved Marriage : Workbook for Men : How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life.

This workbook for men includes exercises and small group discussion activities focused on strategies married couples can use to make more time for each other and for their marriage. The exercises are designed to take 5-10 minutes each and address: maximizing your time quotient; the impact of busyness on a marriage and how to battle busyness; different time styles and identifying a time style; priorities and making time together; maximizing spare time; preventing time stealers; making the most of mealtimes; choosing more time rather than more money; and making time for rest, recreation, and restoration. The small group discussion activities are designed to be used with a six-session DVD curriculum.

Your Time-Starved Marriage : Workbook for Women : How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life.

This workbook for women includes exercises and small group discussion activities focused on strategies married couples can use to make more time for each other and for their marriage. The exercises are designed to take 5-10 minutes each and address: maximizing your time quotient; the impact of busyness on a marriage and how to battle busyness; different time styles and identifying a time style; priorities and making time together; maximizing spare time; preventing time stealers; making the most of mealtimes; choosing more time rather than more money; and making time for rest, recreation, and restoration. The small group discussion activities are designed to be used with a six-session DVD curriculum.

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