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  • What does the research say?
  • Can you tell me more about the curriculum?
  • What topics can be covered?
  • What Defines a Healthy Relationship?

    What does the research say?

    Research indicates that social connection improves physical health, mental health, and emotional well-being.  Healthy relationships are essential for success in life, and therefore relationship education is a vital component for equipping teens to thrive.

    Learning Theories and models utilized in the development of presentations include, but are not limited to:

    What Defines a Healthy Relationship?Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

    • Mutual trust
    • Honesty
    • Compromise
    • Emotional safety
    • Shared values
    • Shared goals
    • Asking for what you need
    • Connectedness to family and friends
    • Individuality
    • Skilled communication
    • Humor and fun
    • Ability to control anger
    • Ability to resolve conflict
    • Ability to problem solve
    • Mutual respect autonomy and dependence

      Can you tell me more about the curriculum?

      REAL Essentials Advanced Curriculum is an evidence-based and evidence- informed curriculum developed by The Center for Relationship Education founder Joneen Mackenzie RN. For more information on the curriculum and resources they provide please see their website at:

      Home | The Center for Relationship Education (myrelationshipcenter.org)

      What topics can be covered?

      The REAL Essentials curriculum covers a wide variety of topics, including:

      • Bullying & Violence
      • Committed love & Marriage
      • Dating Decisions
      • Drug & Alcohol Abuse
      • Effective Communication
      • Interpersonal & Social Skills
      • Leadership & Job Readiness
      • Navigating conflict
      • Self-Identity
      • Setting Boundaries
      • Sexual Health
      • Social Media Literacy
      • Suicide Prevention
      • Understanding Others’ Perspectives

      Characteristics of Unhealthy Relationships

      • Control
      • Hospitality
      • Contempt
      • Defensiveness
      • Dishonesty
      • Disrespect
      • Passive-aggressive behaviors
      • Sarcasm
      • Dependence
      • Intimidation
      • Threats
      • Isolation from family and friends
      • Physical violence
      • Emotional manipulation
      • Sexual violence
      • Power plays


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