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date: 03 December 2022

Family Life Educationlocked

Family Life Educationlocked

  • Mary Beth HarrisMary Beth HarrisClinical Associate Professor and Director, San Diego Academic Center USC; School of Social Work, University of Southern California


This entry provides a brief overview of family life education as a field that provides training in life areas which impact the well-being of families and individuals. It focuses on three primary program areas: parental education, premarital and marital education, and adolescent sexuality education. It identifies noted contributors to the field, as well as evidence-based programs and target populations. It summarizes how family life education integrates with the profession of social work as well as how it is distinct.


  • Couples and Families

Updated in this version

References expanded and updated to include current research. Expanded discussion of empirical research that qualifies FLE programs as evidence-based or promising. Expanded discussion of FLE themes and topics, instructors, settings, and funding sources.

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