Writing to Heal: The Impact of Expressive Writing on Individual and Relational Well-Being

Grabbing that pen and paper could make a difference for you! Writing about yourself and your relationships has the power to help you understand more about your experiences and yourself as found in research. Check out this article at the Science of Relationships blog to learn more about how exactly to engage in this helpful practice as told by Dr. Jessica Moore. 

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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
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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