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Being good spouse a priority: Poll
by Priscilla Goy

Being a good spouse is one of the top priorities for 81 per cent of Singaporeans, research by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has found.

In the survey of 2,000 Singaporeans of different marital statuses last year, 84 per cent of the 1,440 married respondents also said they were satisfied with their marriages.

Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling said yesterday: "It's great to know that Singaporeans not only value marriages, (but) they also wish to be good spouses."

She was speaking at the opening session of the Marriage Convention, which was launched yesterday by Families for Life, formerly known as the National Family Council.

Formed in 2006 to promote resilient families, the council comprises 10 volunteers appointed for a two-year term by the MSF.

The event, now into its ninth year, comprises seminars conducted in four languages by marriage experts. It aims to help couples improve their communication and strengthen their marriages.

To better support newlyweds, the MSF is also exploring how to introduce evidence-based marriage preparation and enrichment programmes with community partners, Ms Low said.

Such programmes would be backed by research showing that certain skills are effective in helping couples make their marriage work, she added, so they would not be "just based on anecdotal feedback but based on very specific evidence - most of it being quantitative".

For instance, a 2012 qualitative study of more than 500 married individuals and marriage counsellors here found that couples with prior positive interactions with counsellors, such as in marriage preparation programmes, stand a better chance at overcoming crises. More details of the evidence-based programmes will be given at the end of this year or early next year.

About 300 marriage solemnisers and community partners, and about 1,500 couples were expected to attend the event, which ended yesterday.

It is held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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readers' comments

fortunately for uncles..big bank account makes him look extra hamsom
Posted by PervertoSan on Fri, 28 Mar 2014 at 05:24 AM

Got white hair can Leow.
Posted by PowerPeople on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 at 10:02 AM

Barn to store cha siew.
Posted by PowerPeople on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 at 10:02 AM

Uncles also got overweight and saggy (+ bald) what :mad:
Posted by mystrawberry on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 at 08:41 AM

I also don't know :cool:
Posted by mystrawberry on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 at 08:39 AM
wife and GFs please try to maintain their looks. so many overweight and saggy aunties around, cannot blame the uncles for finding distractions.
Posted by PervertoSan on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 at 05:52 AM

Buddy P2, what is 67 M selling soon mean?
Posted by hfourhappy on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 at 17:49 PM

67 M selling soon.
Posted by PowerPeople on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 at 17:47 PM
How do one define good spouse?
By being able to take care of children?
By being able to cook?
By being able to do housework?
Or sharing financial burden?
Or sharing housework?
Or sharing to teach children school work?
Posted by hfourhappy on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 at 17:35 PM

There's enough beds in hospital, it just that there are too many patients.:D
Posted by Seekeroftruth on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 at 17:09 PM

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