Dr. James Dobson Radio Broadcasts

Nov 16

Marriage Survival Skills - I

Guests: Drs. Scott Stanley & Gary Smalley

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You’re getting married! The invitations have been mailed and you can’t wait to start your new life together. On today's program, we’ll share the key marriage survival skills that will ensure success, rather than failure. Whether you were married last week or 25 years ago: do you want to make your vows last a lifetime? Then tune in to Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson.

Scott Stanley, Ph.D., 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, the 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 (PREP) for over 25 years. Stanley and Markman are currently engaged in a long term study of the effectiveness of PREP disseminated in the community, funded by NICHD. They are also conducting a large, randomized trial of a variant of PREP in the U. S. Army, also funded by NICHD; and Stanley, Galena Rhoades, and Howard Markman are conducting a longitudinal study of cohabitation and couple development, funded by NICHD. 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 the Within Our Reach, an experiential-based curriculum for couples, and the Within My Reach, an experiential-based curriculum for individuals.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best known authors and speakers on family relationships. He is the author and coauthor of 16 best-selling, award-winning books along with several popular films and videos. He has spent over 30 years learning, teaching, and counseling. Gary has personally interviewed hundreds of singles and couples and has surveyed thousands of people at his seminars, asking two questions: what is it that strengthens your relationships and what weakens them?

Gary's books combined have sold over 5 million copies. Many of them have even been translated into various languages. The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love have won the Gold Medallion Award for excellence in literature. The Language of Love won the Angel Award as the best contribution to family life. All other titles have been top-five finalists for the Gold Medallion Award.

In the last 30 years, Gary has spoken to over 2 million people in live conferences. He has been presenting his live two-day workshop, "Love Is a Decision," once a month for the last 20 years. Television audiences all over the world have viewed his award-winning infomercial, "Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships." Several versions of the infomercial—first with Dick Clark, then with John Tesh and Connie Sellecca, and also with Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford—have been aired. This 18-videotape series has sold over 4 million tapes.

Gary Smalley has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Extra, The Today Show, and Sally Jessy Raphael, as well as numerous national radio programs. Gary has been featured on hundreds of regional and local television and radio programs across the United States.

Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 40 years and live in Branson, Missouri. They have three children, Kari, Greg, and Michael, and six grandchildren.