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Premarital and Remarital Counseling -- The Professional’s Handbook
by Robert F. Stahmann, PhD. and William J. Hiebert, STM
© 1997
(Jossey-Bass, Inc. Publishers: San Francisco CA). All rights reserved
[214 pages]
[Answer 11 of 15 questions correctly to receive
10 hours of Continuing Education credit]


Chapter 1: Developments in Premarital and Remarital Counseling (p 3-20)
1. This book makes the following assumption:
a. Those who benefit the most from premarital counseling are those required to have it.
b. Premarital counseling is most beneficial when obtained four weeks before the wedding.
c. For the most part, premarital counseling sessions should be done individually.
d. Post wedding follow up sessions should be scheduled.

Chapter 2: Why Marry in the First Place and Why Marry Again (p 21-36)
2. A person who has controlling parents will tend to pick a mate
a. who is passive and compliant.
b. who is also controlling.
c. who the parents will find undesirable in some way.
d. who is immature.

3. The authors describe the glue of marriage as
a. the couple’s sexual attraction to each other.
b. what takes place after the wedding.
c. what the couple has in common.
d. the couple’s positive view of the relationship.

Chapter 3: Foundations and Goals of Premarital and Remarital Counseling (p 39-54)
4. Which is NOT a recommended goal of premarital and remarital counseling?
a. having separate counseling sessions.
b. reducing anxiety.
c. instilling a sense of excitement.
d. pointing out potential difficulties.

Chapter 4: Conjoint Counseling and the Dynamic Relationship History (p 55-83)
5. While taking a dynamic relationship history (DRH), successful use of dyadic questions depends upon the counselor
a. resolving whatever disagreements the partners have.
b. interpreting what the partners are saying.
c. facing and looking at the person the counselor is talking to.
d. preventing conflicts.

6. The purpose of the DRH is to
a. predict a successful or unsuccessful marriage.
b. resolve the majority of the couple’s conflicts.
c. help the couple become aware of how they affect each other.
d. point out the more irresponsible partner.

Chapter 5: Exploring the Family of Origin and Previous Relationships (p 84-110)
7. Family Interactional Styles are concerned with the dynamics of
a. responsibility and roles.
b. flexibility and connectedness.
c. communication skills and conflict resolution.
d. independence and dependence.

Chapter 6: Premarital and Remarital Counseling Inventories (p 111-135)
8. Which is TRUE about assessment inventories?
a. They take too much time to administer and evaluate.
b. They should not be administered by someone who has not taken them.
c. They should always be used.
d. The information is only useful one time.

9. According to the PREPARE program, ______ couples have the happiest marriages.
a. vitalized
b. harmonious
c. traditional
d. conflicted

Chapter 7: Remarriage and Step parenting (p 139-151)
10. Which inventory do the authors NOT recommend for couples about to remarry?
d. Myers-Briggs

Chapter 8: Group Counseling (p 152-171)
11. Which is NOT a recommended guideline for group counseling?
a. Each couple should have a screening interview.
b. Group size should be 5 to 6 couples.
c. Both premarital and remarital couples can be in the same group.
d. Groups should meet for 2 1/2-hour sessions for 5 to 6 consecutive weeks.

Chapter 9: Communication, Values, Decision Making, and Finances (p 172-189)

12. A study of 238 clergy premarital counselors found that the
greatest problem area for first marriages and remarriages to be
a. communication.
b. money management.
c. alcoholism.
d. unrealistic expectations.

13. The goal of the white and red bean exercise is to
a. make the partners more aware of their unconscious behaviors.
b. help a person minimize behaviors perceived as negative by their partner.
c. increase behaviors that a partner perceives as positive.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 10: Intimacy and Sexuality (p 190-197)
14. All premarital counseling providers (including clergy, counselors and physicians) should
a. be prepared to provide sex therapy when necessary.
b. provide accurate information about sexual anatomy and the four-phase sexual response cycle.
c. allow the couple to use their own sexual slang.
d. not bring up the subject of sexuality unless the couple does.

Chapter 11: Special Situations (p 198-207)
15. Which of the following couples has the greatest likelihood of staying married?
a. “high school sweethearts” who marry at age 19.
b. a couple in their twenties who marry after discovering the woman is pregnant.
c. a couple whose great love compensates for their lack of money.
d. a 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, both college-educated.