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?

The Importance of Being an Adult Kids Can Talk To...

Although sometimes hard to believe, teenagers report that the most helpful thing in their lives that they want is a trusted adut to talk to. When kids have experienced stressors and adversity, that adult connection can boost their resiliency with life-long consequences.

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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
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Abusive Relationships: What You Need to Know Before You Leave

    If you're considering leaving an abusive relationship or know someone who is, be sure to plan ahead to keep yourself and loved ones safe.

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    The Couple Who Diets Together

    What happens when one partner in a relationship wants to change something in him or herself that could potentially disrupt established relationship patterns? For example, let’s say one partner decides to make changes in an effort to lose weight. How might one partner’s dietary changes affect related lifestyle behaviors in the other partner?

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    Topics:
  • Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
  • Relationship DUI: Are You Sure You're in Love?

    Locking yourself in a relationship when you're "high on love" can make it harder to end the relationship if things don't work out. Watch this informational video to learn how to avoid getting stuck in a relationship you don't want!

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    Topics:
  • Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
  • Three Ways Emotional Suppression Hurts You

    Could suppressing negative emotions actually harm relationships more than help them? If you have ever hidden a worry to avoid worrying someone else or suppressed negative emotions that could lead someone to judge or dislike you, then you have experienced emotional suppression.

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    Topics:
  • 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
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
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