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Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services

Research on Relationships


94% of undergraduate students have been involved in a love relationship (Knox, Schacht, & Zusman, 1999).

87% of undergraduate students report having a relationship end (Knox, Zusman, Kaluzny, & Cooper, 2000).

 A study found that students with poor intimacy development, who tried to maintain a pre-college relationship, and students who had little or no experience in a relationship, all had less psychological well being than other students (Paul, Poole, & Jakubowyc, 1998).

College student relationship breakups can be of significant stress, especially if the student lacks strong peer support (Moller, Fouladi, McCarthy, & Hatch, 2003).

Students receiving guidance on issues such as finding desirable aspects to the relationship ending, building independence and confidence, identifying coping resources, and understanding the mourning process, all aid in the student successfully moving on from the relationship ending (McCarthy, Lambert, & Brack, 1997).   

Studies suggest effective communication skills predict relationship satisfaction (Halford, Markman, Kline, & Stanley, 2003).

61% of undergraduates 19 and younger, and 43% of undergraduates 20 and older were found to agree that “all problems can be solved if there is enough love.” (Knox, Schacht, & Zusman, 1999).

A study reflecting the behaviors of female undergraduates found that 32% stayed in relationships where they were unhappy, and 31% stayed in relationships they thought should end (Knox, Schacht, & Zusman, 1999). 

While 11% of college students reported emotional abuse, of these participants they reported that 55% of their colleagues were being abused. Those students denying abuse themselves reported 43% of their colleagues were being abused (Pipes & LeBov-Keeler, 1997).   

A study found that as high as 36% of students admitted to receiving emotional abuse (Knox, Custis, & Zusman, 2000).