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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

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Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, noon

Commitment Dilemma: Emerging Patterns in Romantic Relationships

Dr. Scott Stanley will explain why commitment ambiguity in romantic relationships may be particularly risky. At a time when unprecedented numbers of young adults are anxious about the prospect of life-long love, it is important to understand how emerging patterns in romantic involvements can put at risk the fundamental human desire for security in love, for both adults and their children. Stanley’s talk will cover themes such as the nature of commitment, dynamics of cohabitation and implications of the emerging hook-up culture.

Dr. Scott Stanley

Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and OKDHS Family Support Services Division

About the Speaker:
Dr. Scott Stanley is a research professor and co director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver. He has published widely with research interests including commitment, communication, conflict, confidence, risk factors for divorce, prevention of marital distress and couple development. Along with Dr. Howard Markman and colleagues, he has been involved in the research, development and refinement of the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program for over 30 years. Stanley and Markman are currently engaged in a long-term study of the effectiveness of PREP disseminated in the community, funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  They are also conducting a large, randomized trial of a variant of PREP in the U. S. Army. Stanley has authored or co-authored various books including “Fighting for Your Marriage and The Power of Commitment." He is a founder of PREP and co-author of “Within Our Reach," an experiential-based curriculum for couples, and “Within My Reach,” an experiential-based curriculum for individuals.

Stanley received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1986. His professional experience includes serving as the senior advisor to the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative since 2000. As a research professor, he has specialized in research on commitment and couple development, including research on cohabitation dynamics; and prevention of marital distress and divorce.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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