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mike stensland

Michael Stensland, PhD, is currently the President of Agile Outcomes Research Inc, a research-consulting firm that specializes in health outcomes research—with a focus on observational studies, retrospective database analyses, and scientific writing. Prior to founding Agile Outcome Research, Dr. Stensland was a Senior Research Scientist for Eli Lilly and Company where he developed his expertise in observational study methods. His doctoral degree is in Clinical Psychology with an additional specialization in Applied Quantitative Psychology (statistics). He has always been drawn to research methods and novel applications.  

Following his own experience with divorce, Dr. Stensland has found a passion for helping others who experience the same hurdles in life and working to reduce the excess divorce rate altogether. Dr. Stensland's desire is not simply to research marriages, but to find creative ways to communicate the important information to people when and where it is most relevant. His goal is to have a meaningful impact on the lives of many individuals.

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Scenario

There have been a couple of guys who have caught Anna's attention. Jackson is exciting and Noah treats her well. Before she invests too much time, or too much of her heart, she wishes she had a "relationship crystal ball" to see what her future might be with each one.

Anna asks a wise advisor how to choose. The advisor suggests that making an important decision based on her current feeling may not lead to the best long-term choice. The advisor suggests she find out how marriage has worked out for other women she knows. Anna has a large network of women who were married at least 10 years ago. She polls thousands of them to find out how many marriages are still doing well. The advisor suggested she inquire about readiness to be married, family history, his relationship history, and how good a fit he is for her. Anna asks very specific questions and below is what she learns.

Jackson

  • Age – 20
  • He is fun to be with as he is full of adventure
  • He works hard at a factory
  • Parents are divorced
  • No religious affiliation
  • Lost his virginity at 14 to a girl at a party and she became pregnant. The two of them have a son.

Noah

  • Age – 25
  • He thinks he is ready to settle down and start a family
  • Graduated from college
  • He is Catholic and regulary attends mass.
  • His parents are still married
  • He has had no serious dating relationships
  • He is still a virgin

Change the details in the blanks below and see what inputs improve the chances of marital success.

Anna's Background

Anna's age at marriage? Anna's race/ethnicity? Does Anna have children?

Jackson

Preparedness for Marriage

Jackson's age at marriage?
Jackson's educational level at marriage?


Jackson's Family

Are Jackson's parents' still married?
Did Jackson leave home before he was 18?
Jackson's mother's education?

Jackson's father's education?
Was Jackson born outside the United States?

Jackson's race/ethnicity?

Religion Jackson was raised in?


Jackson's Relationship History

Is Jackson a virgin? If "Yes" skip the remaining questions.


How old was Jackson when he lost his virginity?
What was his relationship with his first sexual partner?

Has Jackson ever been married before?

Does Jackson have any children?

Noah

Preparedness for Marriage

Noah's age at marriage?
Noah's educational level at marriage?


Noah's Family

Are Noah's parents' still married?
Did Noah leave home before he was 18?
Noah's mother's education?

Noah's father's education?
Was Noah born outside the United States?

Noah's race/ethnicity?

Religion Noah was raised in?


Noah's Relationship History

Is Noah a virgin? If "Yes" skip the remaining questions.


How old was Noah when he lost his virginity?
What was his relationship with his first sexual partner?

Has Noah ever been married before?

Does Noah have any children?

The chance of a successful marriage with Jackson is: 19.9%

The chance of a successful marriage with Noah is: 96.2%

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