PREP - Healthy Relationships - Minnesota Department of Health

PREP - Healthy Relationships

Many existing school- or community-based programs designed to prevent pregnancy and STIs for youth focus on general sexual behaviors, but typically do so outside the context of adolescent relationships. Since most teenagers have their first sexual encounters within the context of dating relationships, it is important to teach youth how to build and navigate healthy relationships and end unhealthy ones.

Healthy Relationship Topics

  • Information about gender-based stereotypes (including sexual double standards).
  • How to show caring and affection without having sex.
  • Conflict management skills.
  • Parent-child communication.
  • Communication skills.
  • Limit setting, and navigating different limits in relationships.
  • Skills to develop healthy relationships.
  • Identifying unhealthy relationships.
  • Skills to safely end unhealthy relationships.

Factors Associated with Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Support
  • Open and honest communication
  • Flexibility
  • Fun
  • Enjoyment
  • Respect
  • Equality
  • Limit setting
  • Cheating
  • Dishonesty
  • Controlling
  • Older partner
  • Jealousy
  • Emotional and/or physical abuse
  • Selfishness
  • Over-dependency
  • Relationship revolves only around sex
  • Disrespect

Tips on incorporating Healthy Relationship Activities

  • Involve parents in the conversation about building healthy relationships so young people are aware of the values their parents wish to convey to them about healthy relationships.
  • Utilize interactive formats for program activities.
  • Use booster sessions to continue to support healthy relationship messages that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Include families, health care workers, media, and community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve youth to reinforce messages about healthy relationships.
  • Incorporate peer education into programs - peers are an important influence in shaping adolescent attitudes.
  • Be inclusive by considering developmental level, culture, sexual orientation, and prior dating experience.

The above information was taken from: Family and Youth Services Bureau. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, PREP Adult Preparation Subjects - Resource Guide (PDF), 2021

PREP Curricula Incorporating Healthy Relationship Activities and/or Lessons

Healthy Relationship Curricula, Lessons and Media

Articles on Healthy Relationships

Other Healthy Relationship Links

    Dating Matters™ Initiative
  • Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention is a free 60-minute, interactive training designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations, and others working with teens understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence.
    The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
  • Love is Respect is a website with resources on dating basics, conflict resolution, including electronic quizzes such as "Am I a Partner?" and "Healthy Relationships Quiz," and a 24-hour peer advocate hotline.
Updated Friday, 27-May-2022 16:28:28 CDT