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What is the FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory?
As a key step in their marriage preparation, The FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory is a 156-item questionnaire used by engaged couples with a trained FOCCUS Facilitator. Taking the inventory results in a personalized FOCCUS© Couple Report that helps target discussion on topics important to marital success. While FOCCUS is not a test and is not used to label couples or predict marital outcome, the report is used by the Facilitator to help couples celebrate their relationship strengths and talk to each other about topics warranting further attention. FOCCUS assesses nineteen categories to help couples sort the challenges and strengths they are bringing into marriage.
Why Promote Healthy Marriages?
Marriage rates are declining worldwide, and half of marriages end in divorce.It is essential that we do all we can to promote healthy, happy, permanent relationships. Overall, marriage reduces the likelihood of illness, both mental and physical, and speeds recovery from trauma. Parents in a healthy marriage are a protective factor against childhood risky behavior and model kindness and respect for children’s relationships. The home is the center for teaching children values.
Why Provide Pre-Marriage Education?
Religious, educational and social institutions are in a prime position to encourage couples to discuss important topics prior to their entry into marriage and increase their chances of staying together.
Encouraging couples to discuss a broad range of important topics can help them understand the meaning of their union, discover their individual styles, and learn communication and conflict resolution skills that will enhance their lifelong relationship.
Why Offer Facilitated Sessions?
FOCCUS facilitation encourages couples to talk to each other. Unlike a therapist, a facilitator is not expected to fix problems nor offer advice; he or she is a resource to support the relationship and promote healthy communication. Pre-marriage sessions offer a unique opportunity to celebrate a couple’s strengths, practice positive communication skills, and explore important areas that may present problems later.
Why Use the FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory?
The FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly, affordable tool for professionals and lay individuals who are helping couples prepare for marriage.
The 151-item, research-based inventory assesses couples’ agreement, disagreement, or indecision about statements related to important issues, such as communication, problem-solving, religion, family and friends, careers, cohabitation, parenting, sexuality, finances and more.