At Family Theater Productions we have always believed the slogan we created for our radio programs in the 1940s: “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.” A recent report shows that “The couple that watches movies together, stays together.” A study of 174 newly married couples showed that a couple watching movies together and talking about it for a half hour afterwards was as effective in keeping a marriage together as other much more in depth and demanding programs. In fact over the course of the three year study the divorce rate was cut in half. Professor Ronald Rogge of the University of Rochester and a team of researchers recently published the findings in the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology.
A group of couples either participated in a series of seminars and workshops with communication skills and in depth conversations about issue pertaining to marriage or they were asked to watch a film and then have a discussion using a simple set of questions as a guide. The movie night discussions required less time and were more effective than the more intense program. “It’s incredibly portable. There are really great marriage intervention programs available now but most require trained therapists to administer them. If couples can do this on their own, it makes it so much easier to help them,” Rogge said in an article on the University of Rochester Website.
Researchers provided a list of suggested films encouraging couples to view just five films. Included in the list: Anna Karenina (2012), As Good as it Gets (1987), Gone with the Wind (1939) and many others including comedies and dramas. You can download the list of suggested films and the questions for discussion afterwards.
Are there any films that have helped your marriage relationship grow? What movies would you add to the list? Let us know.