Piecing Together Behaviors of Healthy Relationships Academic Article uri icon


  • Unhealthy relationships have a devastating impact on adolescents' academic performance, including poor attendance, difficulty concentrating, and feeling unsafe at school. Schools provide an ideal setting to positively influence adolescents' attitudes, knowledge, and relationship skills by integrating healthy relationship lessons into sexuality and/or violence prevention units. The primary goal of these units is to promote positive health behaviors and reduce unhealthy behaviors in order to decrease adolescents' risk for short- and long-term academic and health consequences. Therefore, the purpose of this teaching technique is to increase adolescents' ability to identify characteristics and corresponding behaviors of healthy and unhealthy relationships including romantic/dating, friendships, and familial relationships.

published proceedings

  • Health Educator

author list (cited authors)

  • Shipley, M., Holden, C., Mcneill, E. B., Fehr, S., & Wilson, K.

complete list of authors

  • Shipley, M||Holden, C||Mcneill, EB||Fehr, Sara||Wilson, K

publication date

  • January 2018