Couple Checkup Online Assessment

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Why Couple Checkup?

The Couple Checkup is based on the PREPARE-ENRICH program, based on over 30 relational content areas that have been found to be significant for couples. The Couple Checkup can be used on your own or used with marriage education programs to improve its impact. The Couple Checkup is a customized assessment; you’ll be able to view and print your Checkup Report and Couple Discussion Guide.  ▸ Read More
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Couple Checkup is a professional, proven assessment that costs a fraction of a counseling session.

An easy to understand report that will provide practical feedback and recommendations on building the marriage you want.

Pages of personal, printable guidance and skills.

User-friendly report for couples that are not working with a counselor and want to take a self-guided assessment online.

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  Couple Checkup FAQ

About the Couple Checkup
The Couple Checkup is an easy and enjoyable way to learn about each other and bring more intimacy into your relationship. By assessing 20 key areas of your relationship, it will help you identify your relationship strengths and help you talk about areas that need more growth.

The Couple Checkup contains between 110-130 questions and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. After you and your partner have taken the checkup, you will be able to immediately view and print your 16-20 page Couple Checkup Report (in color or black/white) which will give you feedback about how you each view your relationship. A 24 page Couple Discussion Guide is also provided to help you improve your skills and build a stronger relationship.

The Couple Checkup was developed by Dr. David Olson, a nationally known marriage and family expert who has appeared on numerous programs including Oprah, the NBC Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, and the CBS Morning Show. Ron Deal, President of Successful Stepfamilies, and Dr. Olson are currently conducting research on couples in stepfamilies and will be publishing a book on their findings.

What is the Couple Checkup
The Couple Checkup is a relationship questionnaire (sometimes called an assessment or inventory) designed to measure satisfaction and agreement across a range of important relationship categories. To be scored, it must be completed by both partners in a couple relationship. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete online and ranges in length from 110 to 130 items based on relationship characteristics. The Checkup results are given in an easy to understand report designed for couples to receive feedback and recommendations.

The Couple Checkup is based on the work and research of Dr. David H. Olson, developer of the PREPARE Inventory, used by over 60,000 counselors in the United States alone. With offices in 12 other countries, PREPARE is recognized as the premier premarital assessment program in the world and has been taken by over 2 million couples. The Checkup is a condensed version of PREPARE designed to be user friendly for couples who are not working with a counselor and want to take a self-guided assessment online.

Why Take the Couple Checkup?
Taking the time to reflect on your relationship is an important part of growing as a couple and preparing for marriage. The Couple Checkup is designed to get you talking and thinking together about your relationship and taking steps to grow both as individuals and as a couple. Great marriages don't just happen. The Checkup will help you better understand where your relationship is today, and decide as a couple where you want your relationship to go.
  1. One goal of the Couple Checkup is to celebrate your relationship strengths. You should be proud of the areas where you and your partner are doing well. Keep nurturing these aspects of your relationship so they remain strong. Strengths can help you compensate and address other areas of your relationship that need improvement. For example, if you have strengths in communication, but struggle with Finances, take time to communicate about financial issue and talk about your concerns with one another. Next, use your communication skills to brainstorm possible solutions and offer support to one another as you begin to make changes.
  2. Another goal of the Couple Checkup is to identify issues you disagree on and need to resolve. Just like a mechanic determines what is working and what is not when tuning up your car, relationships require direction, maintenance, and attention to keep growing and running smoothly. By identifying your relationship growth areas, issues can be resolved. Later Checkups can reveal the progress you've made, and sometimes point to new areas that need attention. Don't view your results as permanent, or unchangeable. These results are a snap-shot of where your relationship is at today.
  3. A third goal is to encourage you and your partner to talk and dialogue about your relationship. By sharing your feelings and ideas, you will discover ways to build a stronger relationship. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. All couples have challenges and issues, as well as strengths that attracted you to one another in the first place. The Couple Checkup will help you and your partner have a productive discussion about your relationship.

Who Developed the Couple Checkup?
The Couple Checkup was developed at Life Innovations, Inc. in Roseville, Minnesota.

David H. Olson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota & President, Life Innovations; Developed ten diagnostic tools and Circumplex Model; Licensed Consulting Psychologist and Licensed Marital & Family Therapist, State of Minnesota.

Peter J. Larson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Life Innovations; Licensed Psychologist, State of Minnesota; Former Director of the Smalley Relationship Center's and Smalley Marriage Institute's Counseling and Clinical Services.

What Relationship Areas are Measured?
The Couple Checkup measures both individual satisfaction and couple agreement in 11 important relationship categories such as communication and finances. It compares both individuals across 5 key Personality dimensions, noting similarities and differences. Finally, 2 Family-of-Origin dimensions are mapped and compared to the current couple relationship.

How Much Does the Couple Checkup Cost?
$29.95 (USD). (We currently accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Instead of direct payment, we also accept vouchers that have been purchased as gifts from our site, or that are from a book or group program. When you create your account the system will prompt you for either a voucher number, or your payment information.

Is My Personal Information Safe?
Yes. Your purchase and all personal information is encrypted on a secure (SSL) server.

What Type of Results or Feedback Will We Get?
The results of the Couple Checkup will be made available to you and your partner immediately after you have both completed the inventory. Your results are presented in a report (generated in Adobe) that you can view online and print yourselves.

The report contains:
  • Overall Summary of Scores
  • Couple Type
  • Individual Category Scores
  • Couple Agreement Scores
  • Identification of Relationship Strengths and Growth Areas
  • Suggested Discussion Items
  • Suggestions for Improving Your Relationship
  • Couple Closeness & Flexibility Maps
  • Family Closeness & Flexibility Maps
  • Individual & Couple Personality Profiles

What is a Couple Type?
Based on research, the Couple Checkup categorizes relationships into one of four common patterns: Vitalized couples are typically most satisfied with their relationship, skilled in communication and conflict resolution. Harmonious couples also enjoy high levels of satisfaction across most areas of their relationship. Traditional couples are often highly committed to one another, but not as skilled in communication & conflict resolution. Conflicted couples have the lowest level of satisfaction and often struggle with many areas of their relationship.

Studies have shown that couples can improve their couple type by improving their relationship skills, such as communication and conflict resolution.

What if We are Not Yet Engaged?
While the Premarital Couple Checkup is designed for engaged couples, seriously dating couples can profit from the majority of the relationship areas assessed.

What if We Want to Go Over Our Results With a Counselor?
If you have concerns or just want more assistance, you can contact a counselor to administer the full PREPARE inventory and/or give you professional feedback.

Learn More... about Prepare-Enrich Growthtrac's co-founders — Jim and Sheri Mueller — are Certified PREPARE-ENRICH Facilitators.

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