Can relationship skills education improve the relationships of low-income couples – and the lives of their children?
Why are we asking?
Regardless of whether parents are married or unmarried, children benefit from living in stable, low-conflict families. When parents experience less conflict in their relationships with each other, parent-child relationships are more supportive and nurturing, and children fare better on a range of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes. MDRC helped develop and is evaluating relationship skills education programs for low-income married and unmarried couples with children.