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?

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
  • The Marriage Hack with Dr. Eli Finkel

    Check out this 21 minute intervention that can improve your relationship satisfaction, trust, and intimacy!

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    Topics:
  • 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
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Future Sexual Violence

    "Sexually abused teens are twice as likely to experience peer sexual violence...Fortunately, the cycle can be broken." If you or a teen you know has experienced sexual violence, this article discusses how to identify trauma, risk factors for future sexual violence, and how you can help yourself or the teen break the cycle of abuse.

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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)
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Sexual Assault: Symptoms & Recovery

    "Sexual assault is traumatic. This can mean months, and likely years, of struggling with anxiety, depression, intrusive memories, and intimacy difficulties. It is highly suggested that you seek treatment sooner rather than later." 

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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)
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • 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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