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Frequently Asked Questions About Relationships

Get evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about various aspects of family and other relationships.

Relationship Enhancement

Strategies to enhance your relationships.

Family Resilience

Positive family relationships have the power to help individuals overcome challenges and build resilience.

Deployment Phases

In this section you'll find information grouped by phases of deployment: pre-deployment, deployment, reintegration, and post-deployment.

Family Fitness

Warfighters have specific physical activity requirements based on their MOS, but spouses, children, parents, and other loved ones also have physical fitness requirements for their own individual and/or family missions.

Family Relationship Toolkit

Family readiness groups, family advocacy programs, family support centers, key spouse groups, and others can find selected HPRC resources in one place to use in their work with military families.

Sex, Sexuality, & Intimacy

Sex is a natural part of life and intimate relationships. Learn about the health benefits of sex, common sexual problems, how to spice up your sex life, and sex and intimacy in the military.


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A stepmother can significantly impact her stepchildren’s lives. Understanding her role in the family is an important first step.

Family & Relationships News

Cope with emotions through mindfulness
Mindfulness helps you to face hard emotions instead of running from them. Learn how here.
To communicate, don’t triangulate!
If you want to communicate more effectively, at work or at home, learn how to avoid the pitfall of triangulation.
PTSD can “short-circuit” your brain
PTSD affects the “circuitry” of the brain. Learn how PTSD-affected brains confuse threat and safety.
SNAP your problems!
SNAP your family’s problems with this easy-to-remember acronym.
Family rituals matter
Rituals can enhance your performance as an athlete, Warfighter, and family member.

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