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Premarital Counseling

  1. Elizabeth A. Schilling

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0701

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Schilling, E. A. 2010. Premarital Counseling. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Connecticut Health Center

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The importance of marriage to family and individual functioning, and thus to society, is hard to overemphasize. As well as serving the economic and practical functions of nurturing the next generation, marriage in Western culture is expected to fulfill the emotional, sexual, and social needs of both partners, a very tall order. Thus, it is not surprising that many couples discover that their marital satisfaction deteriorates over the course of the first few years of marriage, and many eventually divorce. Through premarital counseling, mental health professionals work with couples to provide them with knowledge and skills, with the goal of preventing the development of marital distress and divorce and the accompanying pain and disruption in the family.


  • premarital counseling;
  • prevention;
  • communication;
  • marital distress