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Relationships aren’t always easy to maintain…college opens the door for all kinds of new relationship challenges such as roommate issues, casual dating, serious dating, friendships, and sex. You may also be confronted by interpersonal issues when you play on an intramural team, become involved in a student organization, or decide to join Greek life. These various relationships can provide a great deal of comfort and support during your college years, but they can also be a source of confusion and stress at times. How do you keep the lines of communication open so that you can maintain strong, honest, and respectful relationships? Review the qualities of healthy relationships below:
|Communication--both people in the relationship need to feel free to express positive and negative feelings, complaints, and affection|
Active Listening Skills Handout
|Expectations--both people need to be on the same page about what they want from the relationship|
Basic Communication Skills Handout
|Conflict--in all relationships, there are times when communication breaks down; healthy relationships are able to clear up conflicts and to emerge stronger as a result|
Managing Conflict, Dealing with Confrontation, & Diffusing Anger Handout
|Boundaries--both people need to be clear about what is okay/not okay in the relationship|
Limit-Setting Skills Handout
Be Creative in Making Friends-- Use this guide for ideas about how to meet people during your first year of college and beyond.
The Friends and Friendships Web--This site is designed to assist with making and maintaining friendships; it covers topics such as building a friendship from casual friends and setting limits in friendships.
Healthy Romantic Relationships in College--This online brochure is specific to romantic relationships and contains information on building a healthy relationship, resolving conflict, and coping with outside pressures on the relationship.
Strategies for Avoiding and Resolving Roommate Conflicts--These great tips will help you to developing a mutual understanding, negotiating a compromise, and managing conflict.
Sexual Assault - Focus on Education (S.A.F.E.)--This section of our web site offers information, education, referrals, and resources for all types of sexual violence on the SUNY Geneseo campus.