Book Chapters

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  • Flower


    We have an empirical knowledge base for the core elements of healthy relationships, and Relationship & Marriage Education programming. The NERMEM was developed to share this knowledge.

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    Deliberate and conscious decisions demonstrate commitment and effort in a relationship. It is important to be intentional when establishing and nurturing healthy relationships.

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    Care for Self

    Individual health impacts the health of couple relationships. Taking care of oneself can help improve the wellness of the relationship.

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    Sharing and developing an understanding with one's partner increases awareness about the partner and the relationship. In turn, this promotes stability in the relationship.

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    Keeping a relationship healthy is the responsibility of each person in that relationship. Showing support, affection and respect for one's partner can result in greater relationship satisfaction and quality.

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    Developing and maintaining a friendship with one's partner helps build couple identity. Learning and growing together as a couple further establishes this friendship.

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    Dealing with differences in healthy ways can minimize friction among couples. Problems in healthy couple relationships may never be resolved, but they can be managed in effective ways.

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    Engaging in a supportive, positive social network can be beneficial to any couple. Maintaining these relationships can act as safety nets that provide security to couples during good and challenging times.

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