Does relationship advice help new parents overcome a decline in relationship quality?

An evaluation of perinatal pilots for the delivery of relationship advice has been published by the Department for Work and Pensions following research from IFF.

The study aimed to assess whether the provision of relationship advice helped couples cope better with the strain placed on relationships around the birth of a child.

The main conclusions from the study were:

  • Rolling relationship support into existing antenatal provision is effective for reaching parents.
  • Cementing the provision might need more direct contact with practitioners.
  • The results from the pilot point to a small positive impact on the quality of relationships rather than the slight decline that would normally be expected in new parenthood.

The full evaluation, findings and report summary can be found on the website here.