• evaluation strategies;
  • family life education;
  • older adults;
  • participation rates;
  • program attendance;
  • training and development

Abstract: This study explored the likelihood of midlife and older adults attending a family life education program by assessing learner characteristics and deterrents to and motivators of attendance. Data were collected through a survey mailed to a stratified sample of adults aged 50 and over. Discriminant analysis results based on survey responses from 264 participants suggest that younger individuals with strong religious beliefs, low personal and programmatic deterrents, and high levels of motivation were most likely to indicate future program attendance. Implications for family life education are discussed.