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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:

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.

Additional Resources

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.
Intended for early care and education staff and directors, school principals, educators, and parents, the Office of Head Start's Compendium of Parenting Interventions presents evidence-based parenting interventions that are most likely to be effective with families of young children. These interventions can be delivered in early child care and education, schools, and other settings.
 
These resources from Break the Cycle are designed to help educators and parents guide conversations with children and youth in grades K-12 about healthy relationships. There are also complementary resources for students around these topics.
 
 
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