The success of the Marriage Encounter Programme can be judged from the extensive research work, principally conducted in the USA, which showed that over 90% of couples attending a weekend reported a long-lasting positive benefit from the experience. This work is also supported by research carried out in the UK. This suggests that marital breakdown after Marriage Encounter is reduced to less than 5% compared with the national average of over 35%.
We have received a number of testimonies over the years and some are reproduced below:
'I will never cease to be thankful for the fact that we went on a weekend. If I could be granted one wish regarding newly married couples today, I would make it compulsory for every one of them to be sent on a Marriage Encounter Weekend.'
Ann Warren, freelance writer and counsellor.
Marriage Encounter gave Shirley and I the opportunity to occasion the deepest and most intimate exchange of feelings we had known in 20 years... It proved to be one of the highlights of my life. I just wish that everyone who trusts my opinion would now accept this advice, attend a Marriage Encounter weekend at the earliest opportunity.'
James Dobson, author and Director of Focus on the Family.