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Remarriage Preparation: Usage, Perceived Helpfulness, and Dyadic Adjustment


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    Child & Family Support Center, 380 West 1400 North, Logan, UT 84341.

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    Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1230.

Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development, Utah State University, 2705 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-2705


This study provides a contemporary evaluation of 10 different forms of remarriage preparation. Utilizing a subsample of 303 remarried couples from a larger study of newlyweds, we report usage of remarriage preparation and perceived helpfulness as well as differences in dyadic adjustment between respondents who did or did not prepare. Those who participated in some form of preparation generally found it helpful. The majority of those who did not prepare felt it was unnecessary. Differences in dyadic adjustment varied by the form of preparation. Implications for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers include the need for more research-based materials that counter popular stepfamily myths as well as resources that can be made available to the public through mediums that are trusted and commonly accessed.