1. Effectiveness of USU Programs: Project-Specific Research

    2. Effectiveness of Relationship Education: National Research

    3. Work Success: Research on Work-Family Life 

    Project-Specific Research

    Bradford, K., Higginbotham, B.J., & Skogrand, L. (2014). Healthy relationship education: A statewide case study and outcome evaluation. Marriage and Family Review, 50, 93-106.

    Bradford, K., Huffaker, S., Stewart, J.W., Skogrand, L, & Higginbotham, B. (2014). Successes and challenges in a statewide relationship education initiative. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 42, 252-266.

    Bradford, K., Skogrand, L., Higginbotham, B. (2011). Risk for intimate partner violence among participants in a state-wide relationship education initiative. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10, 169-184.

    Bradford, K., Spuhler, B., Higginbotham, B. J., Laxman, D., & Morgan, C. N. (2019). “I don’t want to make the same mistakes”: Examining relationship education among low-income single adults. Family Relations, 68, 405-419. doi:10.1111/fare.12379

    Bradford, K., Stewart, J. W., Higginbotham, B.J., & Skogrand, L. (2015). The Perceived Relationship Knowledge Scale: An initial validation. Family Relations, 64, 305-318. doi:10.1111/fare.12116

    Bradford, K., Stewart, J. W., Pfister, R., & Higginbotham, B. J. (2016). Avoid falling for a jerk(ette): Effectiveness of the Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge Program with emerging adults. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42, 630-644. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12174

    Brower, N., Darrington, J., & Bradford, K. (2011). Relationship education: Encouraging participation through experiential date nights. Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 6, 57.

    Brower, N., MacArthur, S, Bradford, K., Albrecht, C., Bunnell, J.B., & Lyons, L. (2012). Effective elements for organizing a healthy relationships teen 4-H retreat. Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 7, 64-68.

    Brower, N., MacArthur, S, Bradford, K., Bunnell, J.B., & Albrecht, C. (2012). Got dating? Outcomes of a 4-H relationship teen retreat. Journal of Youth Development, 7, 118-124.

    Brower, N., Washburn, C., & Bradford, K. (2017). Marriage Survival curriculum: Strengthening communities one couple at a time. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 21, (1).

    Crapo, J. S., Bradford, K., Higginbotham, B. J. (2019). Preliminary Evaluation of the Couple LINKS Program. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy 18(3), 241-256. doi:10.1080/15332691.2019.1567175

    Goodey, S., Spuhler, B., Bradford, K. (2019). Relationship education among incarcerated populations. Marriage and Family Review.

    Hawkins, A., Higginbotham, B., Hatch, D. J. (2016). Can media campaigns increase participation in marriage and relationship education? The Case of the Utah Healthy Marriages Initiative. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. 15(1), 19-35.

    Higginbotham, B., Davis, P., Smith, L., Dansie, L., Skogrand, L., & Reck, K. (2012). Stepfathers and stepfamily education. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 53, 76-90.

    Higginbotham, B., Miller, J., & Niehuis, S. (2009). Remarriage preparation: Usage, perceived helpfulness, and dyadic adjustment. Family Relations, 58, 316-329.

    Higginbotham, B., & Skogrand, L. (2010). Relationship education with married and unmarried stepcouples: An exploratory study. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 9, 133-148.

    Miller, J.A., Crapo, J.S., Bradford, K., & Higginbotham, B. (2019). Relationship belief patterns among relationship education participants at different venues. Family Relations, 68, 390-404. doi:10.1111/fare.12382

    Reck, K., Higginbotham, B., Skogrand, L., & Davis, P. (2012). Facilitating stepfamily education for Latinos. Marriage & Family Review, 48, 170-187.

    Reck, K., Skogrand, L., Higginbotham, B., & Davis, P. (2013). Experiences of Latino men in stepfamily education. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 54, 231-247.

    Reck, K., Higginbotham, B., & Dew, J. (2019). A longitudinal hierarchical examination of Smart Steps for Stepfamilies with ethnically and economically diverse couples. Journal Family Issues. (online).

    Skogrand, L., Torres, E., & Higginbotham, B. J. (2010). Stepfamily education: Benefits from a group-formatted intervention. Family Journal, 18, 234-240.

    Skogrand, L., Mendez, E., & Higginbotham, B. (2014). Latina women’s experiences in a stepfamily education course. Family Journal, 22, 49 - 55.

    Stewart, J. W., Bradford, K., Higginbotham, B. J., & Skogrand, L. (2016). Relationship help-seeking: A review of the efficacy and reach. Marriage and Family Review, 52, 781-803. doi:10.1080/01494929.2016.1157559

    Stewart, J. W., Bradford, K., Higginbotham, B.J., Skogrand, L. & Jackson, M. (2014). Relationship help-seeking in a community sample: Testing differences by geography and gender. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 19 (3).

    Turner, J. J., Kopystynska, O., Schramm, D. G., & Higginbotham, B. (2019). Is one hour enough? Evaluating Utah’s online divorce education course based on course length satisfaction. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 60(7), 537–551. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2019.1586231 

    Vaterlaus, M., Bradford, K., Skogrand, L., & Higginbotham, B. (2012). Providing relationship education for low-income and diverse audiences: a phenomenological investigation. Family Science Review, 17, 40-61.

    Vaterlaus, J. M., Skogrand, L., Higginbotham, B. J., & Bradford, K. (2016). Sustaining university-community partnerships in providing relationship education. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 9, 34-41. 

    National Research

    Adler-Baeder, F., Kerpelman, J., Schramm, D., Higginbotham, B., & Paulk, A. (2007). The impact of relationship education on adolescents of diverse backgrounds. Family Relations, 56, 291-303.

    Bean, R. C., Ledermann, T., Higginbotham, B. J., & Galliher, R. V. (2019). Associations between relationship maintenance behaviors and marital stability in remarriages. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, (online). doi: 10.1080/10502556.2019.1619385

    Blanchard, V. L., Hawkins, A. J., Baldwin, S. A., & Fawcett, E. B. (2009). Investigating the effects of marriage and relationship education on couples’ communication skills: A meta-analytic study. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 203-214.

    Bradford, K. (2012). Assessing readiness for couple therapy: The Stages of Relationship Change Questionnaire. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 486-501.

    Busby, D. M., Carroll, J. S., & Willoughby, B. J. (2010). Compatibility or restraint? The effects of sexual timing on marriage relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 766-774.

    Carlton, E., Whiting, J. B., Bradford, K., Dyk, P. & Vail, A. (2009). Defining factors of successful university-based community initiatives: An ethnographic exploration of one healthy marriage project. Family Relations, 58, 28-40.

    Coie, J. D. Watt, N. F., West, S. G. Hawkins, J. D. Asarnow, J. R., Markman, H. J. et al. (1993). The science of prevention: A conceptual framework and some directions for a national research program. American Psychologist, 48, 1013-1022.

    Hawkins, A. J., Blanchard, V. L., Baldwin, S. A. & Fawcett, E. B. (2008). Does marriage and relationship education work? A meta-analytic study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 723-734.

    Hawkins, A. J., & Erickson, S. E. (2015). Is couple and relationship education effective for lower income participants? A meta-analytic study. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 59-68.

    Hawkins, A. J., & Fackrell, T. A. (2010). Does relationship and marriage education for lower-income couples work? A meta-analytic study of emerging research. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 9(2), 181-191.

    Higginbotham, B. (2012). What is healthy marriage education and why it matters to safety-net service providers. (#030). National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, Fairfax, VA.

    Laxman, D. J., Higginbotham, B. J., MacArthur, S. M., & Plummer Lee, C. (2019). A test of the Family Stress Model using a remarriage sample. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 60(7), 518-536. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2019.1586230

    Lucier-Greer, M. L., & Adler-Baeder, F. (2012). Does couple and relationship education work for individuals in stepfamilies? A meta-analytic study.

    Ooms, T., Bouchet, S., & Parke, M. (2004). Beyond marriage licenses: Efforts in states to strengthen marriage and two-parent families. Retrieved from Annie E. Casey Foundation website: marr.pdf

    Simpson, D. M., Leonhardt, N. D., & Hawkins, A. J. (2018). Learning about love: A meta-analytic study of individually-oriented relationship education programs for adolescents and emerging adults. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47, 477-489.

    Vennum, A., & Johnson, M. D. (2014). The impact of premarital cycling on early marriage. Family Relations, 63, 439-452.

    Whiting, J. B., Bradford, K., Vail, A., Carlton, E., & Bathje, K. (2009). Developing a domestic violence protocol for marriage education: Critical components and cautions. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 8, 181-196. (Special Issue: Best-Practices Innovations in Couple and Relationship Education).

    Work-Family Life Research

    Adler-Baeder, F., Shirer, K., & Bradford, A. (2007). What’s love got to do with it? The role of healthy couple relationships and marriages in promoting child, family, and community well-being. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 12(1). Retrieved from

    Bookwala, J. (2005). The role of marital quality in physical health during the mature years. Journal of Aging and Health, 17(1),85-104.

    Cornwell, C., & Rupert, P. (1997). Unobservable individual effects, marriage and the earnings of young men. Economic Inquiry, 35(2), 285-294.

    El-Sheikh, M., Buckhalt, J. A., Mize, J., & Acebo, C. (2006). Marital conflict and disruption of children’s sleep. Child Development, 77(1), 31-43.

    Forthofer, M. S., Markman, H. J., Cox, M., Stanley, S., & Kessler, R. C. (1996). Associations between marital distress and work loss in a national sample. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 58(3), 597-605.

    Gray, J. S., & Vanderhart, M. J. (2000). On the determination of wages: Does marriage matter? In L. J. Waite, C. Bachrach, M. Hindin, E. Thomson, & A. Thornton (Eds.), The ties that bind: Perspectives on marriage and cohabitation (pp. 356-367). New York, NY: Aldine De Grutyer.

    Gerard, J. M., Krishnakumar, A., & Buehler, C. (2006). Marital conflict, parent-child relations, and youth maladjustment: A longitudinal investigation of spillover effects. Journal of Family Issues, 27(7), 951-975.

    Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., & Newton, T. L. (2001). Marriage and health: His and hers. Psychological Bulletin, 127(4), 472-503.

    Lupton, J., & Smith, J. P. (2002). Marriage, assets, and savings. In S. Grossbard-Shechtman (Ed.), Marriage and the economy: Theory and evidence from advanced industrial societies (pp. 129-152). Cambridge, Mass.: Cambridge University Press.

    Markman, H. J., Myrick, J., & Pregulman, M. A. (2006). Marriage education in the workplace. Journal of Employee Assistance, 36(3), 12-15.

    Mueller, R. E. (2005). The effect of marital dissolution on the labour supply of males and females: Evidence from Canada. Journal of Socio-Economics, 34(6), 787-809.

    Scafidi, B. (2008).The taxpayer costs of divorce and unwed childbearing: First-ever estimates for the nation and for all fifty states. New York, NY: Institute for American Values.

    Schramm, D. G. (2006). Individual and social costs of divorce in Utah. Journal of Family and Economic Issues 27(1), 133-151.

    Waite, L. J. (1995). Does marriage matter? Demography, 32(4), 483–507.