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?

Why it Can Be Hard to Leave an Abusive Relationship

It can seem unfathomable that someone would stay in a relationship that's destructive, until we unwittingly find ourselves in one. Read to learn more about what may make it hard to leave a hurtful relationship and figure out what risk factors you can address now.

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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)
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
  • The Biology of Breakup Suffering

    Ever wonder why breakups hurt so much? Read more to find out the science behind the pain we feel when our heart is breaking.

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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
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • Playing Hard to Get

    Is "playing hard to get" a good bet to make? Does this increase your attraction as a partner? Research shows that this may actually be a risky bet.

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    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
  • How Denial and Victim Blaming Keep Sexual Assault Hidden

    Sexual assault is a pervasive issue that has remained far too invisible for far too long. In a sea of perpetrators being made visible in the time of #MeToo, the story of Larry Nassar highlights some key misconceptions about sexual assault in society. Jason Whiting writes here about four reasons sexual assault stays in the shadows.

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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)
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Should We See a Sex Therapist

    Thinking about seeing a therapist? Learn about if a sex therapist would be a good fit for you and your partner and take a brief look at the process including FAQs.

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    Topics:
  • Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Therapy
    The role of helping professionals in supporting romantic relationship goals
  • Keeping Marriages Healthy, and Why It’s So Difficult

    Many individuals begin their relationship with happiness and bliss towards their partner. Unfortunately, some couples eventually decline in their happiness with their partner as their relationship evolves. This brief article describes some of the factors that contribute to these changes in relationship quality.

     

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    Topics:
  • Socioeconomic Context
    The influence of socioeconomic factors (e.g., income, education) on relationships
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • How Can Movies Benefit a Marriage

    Can watching movies together as a couple really decrease the likelihood of divorce? Check out this video to learn more!

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    Topics:
  • Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Relationship Education
    Accessing knowledge to enhance your positive contributions to a relationship in the present or future
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
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