Written By: Dr. Charlotte A. Zeamer and Dr. Alicia Estey
There has been much effort in recent years to address some of the damage of the recent global financial crisis with financial literacy education. Little research has been done, however, on the factors that might affect the decision to seek individual versus couples-based financial education. We used a survey instrument administered via the online labor market, Mechanical Turk, to examine factors associated with this outcome: whether members of a couple would choose individual or couples financial coaching. All participants were screened for current membership in a committed relationship for at least six months. Most participants reported a preference for couples versus individual financial counseling. Key factors that predicted a likelihood to opt for couples’ counseling include gender, age, and satisfaction with one’s relationship. Results from this study suggest that how and why consumers seek financial education may be affected by social, cultural, emotional, and relational factors as well as financial concerns. Such factors should be considered by practitioners in this field if program marketing, design and delivery are to be relevant to participants and effective.