Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Date of Award




Degree Level


LCSH subject

Marital psychotherapy; Family psychotherapy; Marital quality; Church work with families -- Catholic Church; Counseling -- Religious aspects

Proquest Document ID





St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.)

Document Type


First Advisor

Tubbs, Carolyn Y.


According to existing literature, 27 components contribute to the concept of couple’s relationship satisfaction. Some of these components are included in non-religious and religious marital relationship education (MRE) programs. Research on nonreligious MREs spans decades; however, research on Catholic MRE programs is limited and not widely published. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of one Catholic, faith-based, couples’ MRE on impacting relationship satisfaction, and determine if specific religious and behavioral practices contributed to relationship satisfaction. The study was conducted with archival data collected from a population of mostly Catholic Latino and White couples in south central Texas.

This research used a quantitative paradigm and a correlational research design to answer the study’s purpose. The Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (KMSS) and Marital Adjustment Test were used to evaluate relationship satisfaction. A series of nonparametric analyses were conducted to address the research questions. Results indicated the number of KMSS total scores for a subset of participants in the nondistressed range increased from preworkshop to postworkshop. Two religious practices—praying daily together and asking for forgiveness—as well as eight behavioral practices were significantly related to nondistressed KMSS scores.

Keywords: MRE, couples, couple workshop, marital satisfaction, marital happiness,

Catholic, KMSS, Marital Adjustment Test, Locke Wallace, The Alexander House


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