• 34.0% of ASU students reported experiencing “relationship difficulties” in the last school year. 33.5% of these students reported that relationship difficulties affected their academic performance.
  • 10.2% of ASU students reported being in an emotionally abusive relationship.
  • 2.6% of ASU students reported being in a physically abusive relationship.
  • 1.3% of ASU students reported being in a sexually abusive relationship.

American College Health Association. American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University Spring 2011. Baltimore: American College Health Association; 2011. (n=1, 748)


Any connection or bond between two people can be considered a relationship. This includes family members, friends, dating partners, co-workers, acquaintances and even, to a certain degree, strangers we come into contact with.

Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship

  • Respect
  • Trust and Honesty
  • Communication
  • Equality
  • Boundaries: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Sexual
  • Self-Esteem
  • Support

How to Have a Healthy Relationship

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Hold yourself accountable for your actions
  • Talk about problems you might have instead of ignoring them
  • Listen to the other person's perspective

Characteristics of an Unhealthy Relationship

  • Humiliation and Degradation
  • Sexual and Physical Abuse
  • Threats
  • Control / Intimidation
  • Possessiveness
  • Excessive Jealousy
  • Co-dependence
  • Isolation
  • Substance abuse

How to Help Someone in an Unhealthy Relationship

  • Be a good friend
  • Be respectful and supportive
  • Listen patiently and openly: don't try to place blame on them or try to fix their relationship
  • Ask them what you can do to help

Healthy Relationship Links

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For more information on Healthy Relationships, please contact wellness@asu.edu.