Refugee Marriage Education Program (RMEP): Adapted from the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)
PREP Inc. & Catholic Social Service of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ: Catholic Social Services
2006, 21 pages
Presents an educational program, using video presentations, to help refugees improve communication, constructively resolve differences, and strengthen the marriage relationship. The definition of relationships and marriage is explained as a shared journey based on compatible values and teamwork. Marital distress stems from static factors (personality traits, religious differences, youth, or economic status) which are difficult to change and dynamic factors (improved communication skills, conflict management strategies, physical aggression, and motivation) which are easier to improve. Patterns of dangerous behavior patterns are explored as well as key factors for success such as a joint spiritual life, shared cultural traditions, and a support network. Examples of positive and negative communication patterns are presented, and effective strategies illustrate how to develop realistic expectations and respectful methods of raising concerns.