Welcome to Relevate

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners who are on a mission to make research-based information about interpersonal relationships accessible to all. As part of this mission, we are creating a website and smart phone app that can be tailored to meet the needs of each user. We believe healthy relationships are worth working for. Do you?

On-Off Romantic Relationships

An on-again off-again relationship is when people date, break-up and then date again. These renewed relationships suffer from a host of maladies. Is there ever a time when it's ok to get back with an ex?

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Topics:
  • Breaking Up
    What we know about break ups. The process of leaving and recovering from the ending of a relationship
    Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Ex-partners
    Understanding and managing the impact of ex-partners still in the picture (as friends, co-workers, or co-parents)
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
  • Relationship Sacrifice

    Is it worth it to give in to your partner all the time? 

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Do your family and friends have to like your partner?

    According to research, external support of your relationship is vital for it's longevity. This article provides a critique to the "Romeo & Juliet Phenomenon."

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    Topics:
  • Breaking Up
    What we know about break ups. The process of leaving and recovering from the ending of a relationship
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Weak and Strong Links: Asymmetrical Commitment in Unmarried Relationships

    Wonderful article by Dr. Scott Stanley! If you desire lasting love, don't wait too long to clarify if your partner wants the same future.

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
  • Does Marital Happiness Always Decline Over Time?

    Not all marriages experience a decline in relationship happiness. Learn what 3 things couples are doing to stay happy over time.  

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    Ways to Love Freely Without Losing Yourself

    Boundaries in relationships don't have to ruin the romance. They provide protection for our hearts and also free us up to love more fully. Check out these 5 steps for setting up healthy boundaries in relationships. 

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Campus Sex...With a Syllabus

    Lessons about consent have been few and far between for many. Check out what Jonathan Kalin, founder of the organization Party with Consent has to say about the messages received from media about sex and how this contrasts with real life. 

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Relationship Education
    Accessing knowledge to enhance your positive contributions to a relationship in the present or future
    Risky Behaviors
    Learning what behaviors put you and your relationship at risk for distress and ways to create more adaptive behaviors
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • What Your Brain Does After Rejection

    Could it ever be the case that rejection has a positive outcome? See this brief article for a look into what studies have found to be "an instinctive positive pshycological response" to rejection. Hint: this might help us make new friends. 

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    Topics:
  • Mate Selection
    The process of choosing a partner
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
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