Relationship education offers youth the tools they need to distinguish healthy and unhealthy relationship patterns and carry this knowledge forward into adulthood. We offer strategies and resources for educators working at the elementary, high school, and post-secondary levels.
Research shows that developing appropriate relationship education skills—such as communication and conflict management—are important for youth, teens, and young adults. Many adolescents, particularly those surrounded by unhealthy relationships, aren’t able to identify the warning signs of negative behaviors, such as teen dating violence. Through relationship education, we can help youth learn how to develop healthy dating behaviors, while also having a positive impact on their relationships with peers, parents, and teachers.
Learn more about the research on relationship education, as well as strategies for integrating relationship skills into your current work.
We offer several free products and publications that are designed for educators and service providers looking for resources on relationship education for youth:
- The Guide to Free and Low-Cost, Research-Based Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Curricula for Safety-Net Service Providers (PDF, 1 MB) has information on free and low-cost curricula that are suitable for youth. You can also take a free tutorial of the guide in our Virtual Training Center.
- Why Marriage and Relationship Education Matters to Youth (PDF, 773 KB) is a tip sheet that discusses how relationship education can assist youth as they initiate and manage their romantic relationships. It also provides helpful information for safety-net service providers on selecting appropriate programs and resources, as well as on engaging youth during the process
- Healthy Dating Leads to Healthy Marriage (PDF, 290 KB) is a fact sheet that presents many of the factors that youth and young adults, along with the safety-net service providers who work with them, need to be aware of in order to help build the healthy dating friendships that can lead to healthy long-term marital friendships.
- Spotlight on Integration: Youth Services (PDF, 1 MB) is a tip sheet that highlights best practices and strategies for forming successful partnerships. This tip sheet is based on interviews with stakeholders that have successfully implemented youth-focused relationship education.
- Teenaged Parenting: The Importance of Cooperation and Support (PDF, 1236 KB) is a research brief discussing relationships of adolescent parents and providing access to healthy relationship education practices to help teen parents make healthy choices for themselves and the baby.
We also have several webinars on topics relating to youth and education. Browse our Archived Webinars to watch these presentations from experts in the field.
Want to learn more? Visit our Library for more free marriage- and family-related resources in a variety of formats. View resources on youth and families or use the search to find information on a particular topic.
The Department of Education offers resources to support educators, students, and families with the goal to improve outcomes for children.
Harvard's Family Research Project offers free information, research, and resources to assist educators and service providers in supporting children and their families from the cradle to college.
- The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) brings together thousands of stakeholders committed to promoting strong partnerships between schools, families, and communities. There is free sign-up to join the FINE community, which gives you access to an email newsletter, online exchange, and a wealth of resources on family involvement, evaluation methods, and more.
- The Harvard Family Research Project’s Resource Guide for Family Engagement in Education at the High School Level summarizes research reports, best practices, and tools to guide you in conceptualizing and creating effective family engagement strategies for high school students.
Jennifer Ann's Group - Video Games for the Prevention of Teen Dating Violence has sponsored the Life. Love. Game Design Challenge to challenge video game designers and developers to create video games about teen dating violence since 2008. Their goal is to increase awareness about teen dating violence as well as provide educational information to help teens, tweens, and young adults identify and avoid abusive relationships.