Narrator: This is Science Today. Overwhelmed
couples with young children about to enter school
can avoid unnecessary stress and divorce by investing
just two hours every week in a small support group
over a six month period. These were the findings of
a study led by University of California, Berkeley
psychologists Philip and Carolyn Cowan.
Cowan: If we spend some months around this
slightly, somewhat anxiety-provoking transitions,
when everything is up for grabs and no one knows quite
who's going to do what and how is this going to change
our lives, if we walked through those issues with
couples week after week in this somewhat intimate,
safe surrounding, we found that we could help a lot
of the couples actually make small shifts in their
lives that began to feel more satisfying.
Narrator: And in the long run, Carolyn Cowan
says what helps the couples, helps the children.
Cowan: We actually see that their children
start school at a better place, they do better academically,
they get along better with their peers, other students
at school and they have fewer behavior problems.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.