3,000 couples attend marriage preparation course

The Registry of Marriages (ROM) building at Canning Rise.
The Registry of Marriages (ROM) building at Canning Rise.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

SINGAPORE - Almost 3,000 couples have attended a two-hour marriage preparation programme since 2014, new figures show.

Of the 2,800 couples who attended Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (Prep), 90 per cent said they found it useful and would recommend it to friends.

Prep is based on 30 years of research in the United States.

The two-hour talk teaches couples communication and conflict resolution skills.

In May last year, the Ministry of Social and Family Development also launched a full 12-hour Prep workshop covering 12 topics from communication to commitment and problem solving.

Singapore has 40 Prep trainers and workshops here run by Cornerstone Community Services, Fei Yue Community Services and Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services in English and Mandarin.

The MSF is currently conducting a study to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of Prep in Singapore.

kxinghui@sph.com.sg