Illinois Strong Couples Project

Thank you for your interest in the Illinois Strong Couples project!

Maintaining a strong relationship with your spouse or romantic partner can be a challenge. And when you need help, getting trustworthy and effective relationship support can be equally difficult.
This project is here to help.
The Illinois Strong Couples project – a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois Extension – is designed to provide you with free, proven online help for your relationship.
So whether you are wanting to build greater intimacy and connection, communicate more effectively, or protect your marriage from divorce, help is just a click away.


What participants are saying…

Interested in learning more?  Here’s a bit more information to make sure the project is a good fit for you.

Q: What is the goal of the project?

A: To help strengthen your couple relationship…and the relationships of couples throughout the state of Illinois.

Q: What does the project involve?

A: Participation in the project involves:
  • Completing the ePREP program, which consists of 6 online modules + 5 video conference calls with a trained coach
  • Completing 3 surveys to examine the effect of the program
All program activities can be completed in your home at a time that works well for you and your partner.

Q: Does the program work?

A: Yes! ePREP is one of the most scientifically-supported online programs for couple relationships and has helped thousands of couples to date. Results from multiple studies indicate that couples who participate in ePREP demonstrate improved relationship and individual well-being compared to couples who did not participate in the program.

Q: Who can participate?

A: You can enroll in the Illinois Strong Couples project if you are
  • 18 years of age or older
  • An Illinois resident
  • Married, engaged, or living with your partner for at least 6 months
  • Willing to participate with your partner in an online program and complete 3 surveys related to your involvement

Q: What does the program cost?

A: Nothing! The Illinois Strong Couples project is also a research study. So, we cover the costs of the program and, for the first 200 couples who enroll, you and your partner can together earn $150 by each completing the 3 surveys related to your participation in the program.

Q: How do I enroll?

Just fill out the screening form for the project!  To proceed, click on this link or the ‘Enroll Here’ text below. This will take you to the screening enrollment page for the project. Once we receive your screening form, we will send you an email with information to enroll in the project. Have more questions about this project? Please send us an email at hdfs-illinoisunited [at] illinois [dot] edu.