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?

Marriage Starts Changing You Before Marriage

Having a long-term view supports the ability to delay gratification and invest in the future. Having a short-term view provides no reason for delay and favors immediate gratification. These points are central to understanding marriage and cohabitation, as well as how people manage money. 

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Topics:
  • Cohabitation
    Understanding living together: the ins, the outs, and the how-tos
    Finances in Relationships
    The role of financial stressors in romantic relationships and how to address them
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
  • What Happens When You Express Insecurities to Your Partner?

    Insecurities are a normal part of life. How do you talk about these insecurities with your partner?

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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
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • WE JUST GOT MARRIED! IS IT ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE?

    This blog post discusses cutting edge research on how marital quality unfolds over time, and what couples are doing to sustain high levels of marital quality. 

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    Topics:
  • Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
  • Parenting in the Age of #MeToo: What Are You Communicating?

    "In this current age of #Metoo, what messages are being taught to boys about touching others without their consent?"..and who are the ones sharing these messages? Parents can play an important role in communicating healthy and consensual sexual practices to their children.

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Parenting/Transition to Parenthood
    Recognizing the interaction between parenting and romantic relationship quality and how to sustain your relationship throughout the life stage of parenthood
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
  • Differentiation of Self in Romantic Relationships

    Everyone's heard marriage being defined as "when two become one", but does that mean you completely lose who you are as an indivdual? In fact, it appears that "love is a balance between embracing 'we' while holding onto 'I'".

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    Topics:
  • Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
  • The Costs of Traditional Gender Beliefs in Sex

    "Beliefs about gender roles may affect one's ability to meet a partner's desires"...but not in the traditional measures of frequency of sex. Instead traditional gender roles may impact one's pleasure and/or desire to engage in sex with your partner.

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    Topics:
  • Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • What Research Tells Us About the Most Successful Relationships

    This fun article is a must read for people in and out of relationships. Click to reveal 6 trending research findings that contribte to successful relationships. 

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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
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    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
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • Can You Find Your Soulmate?

    Media will certainly have you believing that your soulmate exists if you didn't think so already. Although compatibility is often set as a gold standard for relationships to thrive, researcher, Dr. Ted Hudson found in his study that unhappy couples and happy couples had no differences in their degree of compatibility. Read on to learn what actually made the difference.

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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
    Mate Selection
    The process of choosing a partner
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
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