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As couples become engaged to be married and dream of a life together, many of them fail to take a realistic look at how the demands and stresses often associated with marriage will affect their "ideal" relationships. Prior to the wedding, romance often overshadows reality, and preparations for the wedding ceremony supersede reflection on the actual relationship (Giblin, 1994). In the media, relationships are reported to be idealistic, romantic or adventurous; yet, the USA has one of the highest marriage/divorce ratios of all industrialized nations (Bagarozzi & Rauen, 1981). According to Giblin (1994), forty to fifty percent of couples in the U.S. divorce within three years of marriage. This divorce rate appears to indicate that one in every two marriages will end in divorce (National Center for Health Statistics, 1989). O'Leary and Smith (1991) stated that approximately forty percent of all clients in mental health clinics indicated that marital problems are part of their difficulties. In fact, individuals seek help in mental health clinics for marital problems than for any other single client reported problem (O'Leary & Smith, 1991).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Terry T. Kottman


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