Television to Improve Your Relationship

General Aug 17, 2010

For years, psychologists have known that men and women in strong couple relationships tend to be healthier and wealthier than their single counterparts; and children raised in families where there is a strong couple relationship are more likely to attend college, succeed academically, and live longer than those raised by single parents.

The Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative is a five-year university/community project funded at Auburn by a $9.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Central to the project are the development and implementation of community-based education classes in healthy relationship practices.

Francesca Adler-Baeder and her team have created an imaginative and highly effective package of educational materials. “Unemployed and Angry,” viewable above, is one of a 12-part series of short dramas depicting the couple dynamics around challenges. Techniques of healthy relationship practices are modeled.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder

Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D., CFLE, is a professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests focus on families under stress and children’s experiences in diverse family types. Her research has been published in various academic journals. She also serves as State Extension Specialist in the area of Children, Youth, and Families, with the primary responsibility of bridging research and practice through curriculum development and program implementation and applied research projects

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