Influence of Relationship education on Parental Attitudes

Influenceof Relationship education on Parental Attitudes


Thisessay is a critique to the article “Investigatingthe Influence of Relationship Education on Parental Attitudes”, byBarden et al. in the journal Marriage &amp Family Review. Thearticle outlines how relationship education influences parentalattitudes. The article explains the various steps of relationshipeducation and how it can be used in parental care. Moreover, thearticle differentiates the parental attitudes from couples who havereceived the relationship education to those who have not receivedthe relationship education. According to the article, there are someclear distinctions between couples with relationship education andthose withoutit.The main audience for the article includes married couples, youngcouples and couples who are engaged. The article will provide themwith clear steps of getting the relationship education to assist themin their quest for a happy marriage.


Thearticle has some strength in its argument. The article explains verywell how the relationship education has enabled parents to havepositive attitudes towards marriage. The parents can understand eachother and through that, they get along very easily. Moreover, theparents have a very good relationship with their children. Thisrelationship occurs despite the parents having other sources ofstress such as financial stress. The article, however, has someweakness. It does not explain how to improve the relationship betweenchildren and their parents who have no relationship education. Italso does not explain about the children who are attention seekersnaturally and how the parents can handle them with or without therelationship education. It is usually difficult to handle suchchildren even if skilled with relationship education, thus, thearticle ought to explain on that issue in details.


Thearticle explains about how relationship education can assist theparents in role planning and division thus, handling variousstressors very well. For instance, there are financial problems inthe marriage and providing the utmost care and attention to thechildren. In many marriages, some children are attention seekersnaturally. Such children tend to stress their parents since theparents have various issues to handle. The family roles skills fromrelationship education may assist in this problem. The parents candivide the roles among themselves fairly. The parents are thereforeable to leave some time for their children. This not only builds upfor the attention seekers but also strengthens the relationshipbetween such children and their parents. Through this, a stronger andhappier family is built. The stress among the parents is reduced, andthey strive in harmony and peace.


Asa parent, it is necessary to provide the utmost care to the childrenat all times. The children are not to be neglected. Time is createdby proper planning the family roles. Planning of family roles mayhelp create time for other activities to improve the finances in thefamily. The work schedule is planned and organized such that thefamily is financially stable and provides time for the children. Thetime will improve the relationship between the children and theirparents as well. The stress will be reduced, and it is through suchan approach that the chaos will be reduced. Christian principles inteaching, on the other hand, outline that the family can be happy andnever lack if they put God first. According to the Christianprinciples in teaching, love is what drives the family and reducesthe stress. Love for all makes everything work smoothly. This articleis very relevant to my research topic as it outlines the value thatrelationship education has on parents. Parents with such educationwill take good care of their children. Such care will ensure that theparents will influence the education as well as the growth of theirchildren in a positive way.


Barden,S., M. Carlson, R. G., Daire, A., Finnell, L. R. Christopher, K. &ampYoung, E. (2015). Investigating the Influence of RelationshipEducation on Parental Attitudes. Marriage&amp Family Review 51(3):246-263