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A practical how-to guide to developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining effective family life education programs. Drawing on the best scholarship and their own years of professional experience, the authors of this thoroughly updated Third Edition begin by discussing the foundations of family life education and encourage readers to develop their own outreach philosophies. The book then helps readers learn principles and methods for reaching out to the public and how to form and use community collaborations and use principles of social marketing to promote programs.

Improving the Practice of Family Life Education
Improving the Practice of Family Life Education

More than 2 decades ago, in her concluding chapter of Volume 1 of the Handbook of Family Life Education, Margaret Arcus asked, “What issues and problems need to be addressed and what critical challenges must be surmounted if the [family life education] movement is to continue to serve families well?” (Arcus, 1993, p. 229). In this epilogue chapter, we ask a similar question: What are the practical issues that need attention if family life education (FLE) is to be successful in strengthening individuals, couples, and families where they live and work, well into the 21st century?

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