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?

How Violent Relationships Increase Drug Use

Nabila El-Bassel explains her research findings on what leads women in abusive relationships to turn to drugs to cope and the unexpected dangers that brings.

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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)
    Substance Use & Addiction
    Understanding how alcohol and drug use can influence relationships and options for responding to and recovering from it
  • Gratitude in Romantic Relationships

    How does gratitude benefit romantic relationships? Here's some easy suggestions on how you can express your gratitude to your partner!

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    Grandfamilies in the U.S.

    What struggles do grandparents raising grandchildren face and what policy improvements might help them meet these challenges?

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    Communicating with a partner about Pornography

    Story of how one couple opened up about pornography in their lives and the role it would play in their relationship.

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Mate Selection
    The process of choosing a partner
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
  • 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
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