Study: Marriage education can be helpful 13 March 2012A study of more than a dozen different marriage education classes showed the programs help couples improve communication, U.S. researchers said. Dennis Stoica, president of Healthy Relationships California, said the survey looked at 17,245 Californians who took one of several programs available for couples. The classes range in length from 8 hours to 24 hours. Stoica found a statewide average increase of more than 13 percent in relationship satisfaction was reported immediately after couples took a marriage education course. The improvement increased to 16 percent after 30 days, and was measured at 14 percent when measured six months later. Participants reported a 23 percent improvement in their communication, increasing to 27 percent after 30 days and remaining at that level six months later, Stoica said.These results are considered significant because:— They include couples with severe marital problems who are relatively “resistant” to change, as well as happy couples who have relatively little room for improvement.— The results reflect a widely diverse group of participants, from all ages and socioeconomic levels, and with more than 50 percent taking the class in a language other than English.— The study measures the impact of more than a dozen different marriage education curricula. read more

SLU seeks revenge on Central Ark.

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Arkansas (10-19, 9-9) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (7-22, 4-14)University Center, Hammond, Louisiana; Wednesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Central Arkansas goes for the season sweep over Southeastern Louisiana after winning the previous matchup in Conway. The teams last played on Jan. 29, when Southeastern Louisiana made only five free throws on 16 attempts while the Bears hit 25 of 29 on the way to an 88-68 victory. SLU seeks revenge on Central Ark. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img SQUAD LEADERS: Ty Brewer is averaging 15.1 points and 7.8 rebounds to lead the way for the Lions. Pape Diop is also a big contributor, maintaining an average of 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Bears have been led by Rylan Bergersen, who is averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.BRILLIANT BERGERSEN: Bergersen has connected on 26.4 percent of the 144 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 15 over the last three games. He’s also made 68.5 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Central Arkansas is 0-11 when scoring fewer than 70 points and 10-8 when scoring at least 70.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Central Arkansas is a perfect 6-0 when it holds an opponent to 69 points or fewer. The Bears are 4-19 when opponents score more than 69.DID YOU KNOW: The Southeastern Louisiana defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.4 percent of all possessions, which is the 23rd-highest rate in the country. Central Arkansas has turned the ball over on 23.2 percent of its possessions (ranked 346th among Division I teams).___ March 3, 2020last_img read more