This practical book helps readers provide effective mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to clients across the continuum of care, from health promotion through long-term treatment and remediation. Anchoring each chapter within a life stage—from childhood through older adulthood—the text identifies the nature and origin of various psychological issues and emphasizes the importance of anticipating and responding early to concerns that arise for large portions of the population. The Second Edition features new chapters and expanded coverage of important topics, such as sociocultural contextual factors and interprofessional health perspectives.

Chapter 14: Promoting Healthy Relationships in Young Adults

Promoting Healthy Relationships in Young Adults
Promoting Healthy Relationships in Young Adults
Kara Brita WetterstenUniversity of North DakotaAshley SchreursUniversity of North DakotaJennifer MunchUniversity of North DakotaChasidy FaithUniversity of Wisconsin–StoutDarcie SellConcordia College

Decades of empirical studies have shown that healthy relationships are an important factor in predicting physical and psychological well-being. Specifically, high levels of relationship satisfaction have been positively associated with happiness and adaptive coping strategies (Diener & Seligman, 2002; Myers, 1999) and negatively associated with depression, stress hormone levels, and risk of cardiovascular disease (Byrd-Craven, Granger, & Auer, 2011; Gallo, Troxel, Matthews, & Kuller, 2003). The role of healthy relationships in young adulthood is particularly important given the unique characteristics of this life stage. Erik Erikson (1963) theorized that the key task in young adulthood ...

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