Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Consider this scenario: Carrie has been dating John for three years. In the first year of their relationship, they were blissful and happy. Spending almost every day together, they often talked about marriage. Carrie was so happy that she started eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis. By the end of the first year, the novelty of the relationship wore off, and John paid less attention to Carrie. She became more anxious and often questioned their commitment to each other, and her exercise routine decreased. As the couple rounded the third year, John hit Carrie during an argument after she dropped a fork on the floor. John was apologetic and promised it would never happen again. Since she still loved him, she agreed to forgive him and try and make the relationship work. How might this relationship affect personal health and wellness for either partner?

There are many types of relationships. Sibling-to-sibling, parent-to-child, colleague-to-colleague, to name a few. Within these various relationships, the dynamics can range from healthy to unhealthy and can affect personal health and wellness in various ways. People often have difficulty recognizing whether a relationship is healthy or unhealthy. This could lead to some unanticipated consequences. Think about what constitutes healthy and unhealthy relationships and how they can impact personal health and wellness.

To prepare:

  • Review Chapter 5 in Health: The Basics, 13th edition. Pay particular attention to what constitutes a healthy and unhealthy relationship.
  • Review Chapter 4 in Health: The Basics, 13th edition. Focus on the intimate partner and interpersonal violence. Consider how you might prevent a violent or unhealthy relationship.
  • Review the multimedia piece “Dimensions of Health Wheel.” Pay particular attention to the impact relationships have on the dimensions of health for this week.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post an example of a healthy or unhealthy relationship. Then describe two factors that might contribute to a healthy or unhealthy relationship. Finally explain two ways a healthy or unhealthy relationship might impact personal health and wellness. (500+ words).

Sources to be used:

Donatelle, R. J. (2019). Health: The basics (13th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pearson.
  • Chapter 6, “Connecting and Communicating in the Modern World”
  • Chapter 5, “Preventing Violence and Injury”
  • Chapter 2, “Focus On: Cultivating Your Spiritual Health”
Hawks, S. (2004). Spiritual wellness, holistic health, and the practice of health education. American Journal of Health Education, 35(1), 11–16.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Personal Health and Wellness: Dimensions of Health Wheel [Multimedia], Baltimore, MD: Author.
  • Dimensions of Health: Week 3

Optional Resources

Lehmiller, J. J. (2009). Secret romantic relationships: Consequences for personal and relational well-being. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 35(11), 1452–1466.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Web Resources on Cyber-safety
Washington State Office of the Attorney General: Internet Safety (2008). Retrieved from

Wired Safety (2011). Retrieved from


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