An Asian Perspective on Relationship and Marriage Education

ArticleinFamily Process 44(2):161-73 · July 2005with43 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.73 · DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2005.00051.x · Source: PubMed


    The goal of this article is to provide couple therapists and relationship educators with information to enhance the cultural relevance of their work with Asian populations. Because of the rapid social, economic, cultural, and gender role changes, the various Asian interpretations of the institution of marriage are undergoing major transformation. This article describes the general trends in marriage in several Asian nations, with a focus on the swiftly rising divorce rates and changing cultural attitudes to marriage, and discusses current relationship education initiatives in these nations. Finally, based on my experiences working with Asian populations, I present a few humble insights regarding adaptation of marriage education to render it more culturally appropriate for Asians.