FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory

The FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by lay individuals, couples or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage, and who become trained as FOCCUS Facilitators.The FOCCUS© Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.

The FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) Pre-Marriage Inventory, developed through extensive research, is a conversation tool designed for couples preparing for marriage or seriously considering marriage.

How The FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory Works:

A 4 Step Process

Meet with a FOCCUS Facilitator
Couple Takes the Inventory
FOCCUS Inventory Results
Couple Conversation Wrap-up
  • Couples meet with a FOCCUS Facilitator. Couples can either contact the person officiating their wedding about their marriage preparation and FOCCUS or they can locate a trained FOCCUS Facilitator in their area »
  • The FOCCUS Facilitator sets up the inventory for a couple to either take online or in paper-pencil form. Couples complete the inventory independently. On the Inventory the couple answers questions related to issues such as Communication, Problem-Solving, Religion, Dual Career, Cohabitation, Parenting, Sexuality, Finances and more.
  • Once a couple completes the inventory, an online report is generated for the FOCCUS Facilitator. If a couple took the inventory online their facilitator will have quick access to the report. If they completed the inventory on paper, their scores are manually entered online by the facilitator and then a report is generated. The FOCCUS Couple Report is a tool that provides the FOCCUS Facilitator a starting point to facilitate discussion with the couple. The FOCCUS Facilitator Manual helps the Facilitator interpret the FOCCUS Couple Report and guide the couple’s discussion.
  • Once the couple and FOCCUS Facilitator meet to discuss their inventory, the FOCCUS Facilitator can share additional b’tween resources for the couple to integrate what they have learned from their inventory discussion.
FOCCUS Facilitators
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to use the FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory to help prepare couples for marriage
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Key Features of the FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory Include:

Main Inventory Content Areas:
  • Life Style Expectations
  • Friends and Interests
  • Personality Match
  • Personal Issues
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Religion and Values
  • Parenting
  • Extended Family
  • Sexuality
  • Finances
  • Marriage Readiness
  • Marriage Covenant
  • Key Problem Indicators
  • Family of Origin
  • Dual Careers
Special Section Content Areas:
  • Interfaith Marriages
  • Remarriages
  • Cohabitating Couples
  • Couples With Children
The FOCCUS Inventory is not a test – there are no right or wrong answers. It is a snapshot in time of patterns of strengths and opportunities in the couple’s relationship. A trained FOCCUS Facilitator guides the couple’s discussion based on their FOCCUS Couple Report.
The facilitated discussion is supported by a detailed FOCCUS Facilitator Manual which provides facilitators with supplemental questions that help elicit optimal, positive couple discussion.
The FOCCUS Inventory can be used as a stand-alone marriage preparation tool or used in conjunction with other marriage preparation processes or programs, such as skill building classes, educational programs or marriage mentoring.
The FOCCUS Inventory is user friendly for diverse populations, with six editions in four languages, two methods of scoring and several Facilitator training options.
The FOCCUS Inventory has strong psychometric properties: high reliability, content, construct and predictive validity.
Editions: Languages:
  • General
  • Catholic
  • Christian
  • Orthodox Christian (online inventory only)
  • Catholic Alternative
  • General Alternative
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese