Focus on… Strong couple relationships

Throughout June we released a range of resources that focus on strong couple relationships.

These resources include:

  • A CFCA paper that reviews recent research findings about couples in long-term relationships (married and de facto) that provide insight into the couple relationship over time.
  • A webinar that was held on June 19, from 2pm – 3pm – Lasting couple relationships: Recent research findings and implications for practice. The audio recording, slides and a transcript are now available.

Couple relationships

Readers may also be interested in the following publications:

Strengthening and repairing relationships: Addressing forgiveness and sacrifice in couples education and counselling

In recent decades, conflict and communication have been a primary focus of relationships research. However, there is increasing interest in the role of pro-relationship behaviours in repairing and maintaining couple relationships. This paper examines the research and application of two of these behaviours: forgiveness and sacrifice.

Investigating gender differences in romantic relationships

This paper reports on a recent study of Australian married and cohabiting couples that suggests that gender differences may  have been overstated in relationship research.

Why marriages last: A discussion of the literature

This paper discusses some of what is known about why many marriages last for very long periods, and considers how knowledge of the ways in which marriages can be made to last can help young couples create and maintain their own enduring and rewarding marriages.

Working out relationships, Australian Family Trends No. 3

This AIFS facts sheet focuses on partnership and fertility trends in Australia, with a view to informing policy decision-making, including program design and service delivery.

You can also search the latest material added to the Australian Institute of Family Studies library database on the topic of Marriage health and wellbeing.

Please feel free to share additional resources via the comments field below.

If you could like to contribute a short article to this series, please contact us.


  1. Hi All
    Loved the webinar, presenters were very good but how do I get a copy of the slides used in the presentation and the voice recording as I would like to listen again.


    Comment by Raymond — June 20, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

  2. Hi Raymond,

    Thanks for your comment – glad to hear you enjoyed the webinar.

    A recording, slides and transcript will be published on the CFCA website within the next 2 weeks. If you’d like to receive an email notification when these are available please subscribe to the CFCA alert:

    Best wishes,


    On behalf of the CFCA team

    Comment by Ken Knight — June 23, 2014 @ 9:29 am

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