We study the impact of relationship education on the relationship attitudes and behaviors of adolescents.

Our research focuses on the influence that families and educational programs have on adolescents' romantic relationship beliefs and behaviors. For example:

  • We are exploring how parents' discussions about sex and relationships shape emerging adults relationship beliefs and sexual behaviors
  • In partnership with County Extension Educators and other community partners, we are evaluating the impact of youth-focused relationship education.
  • In partnership with GA Department of Human Services, we provide training and technical assistance to the Georgia Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), a federally funded project offering relationship and sex education aimed at delaying sexual activity and reducing pregnancy and STI risk among at-risk youth.
  • We are examining the romantic and coparenting relationship quality of teen parents.

Funding Sources

  • University of Georgia Vice President for Research Poverty and the Economy Grant (2010).
  • Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (2011-2016)

Papers in Development or Under Review

  • Factors associated with romantic relationship self-efficacy following youth-focused relationship education.
  • The impact of sex and relationship education programming with foster youth.
  • An exploration of intimate partner violence experiences of economically disadvantaged  African American adolescents.
  • Sources of socialization for interpersonal trust: An exploration of low-income black adolescents’ experiences.
  • Cooperative, conflictual, and uninvolved co-parenting among teenage parents.

Recent Publications

  • Barton, A. W., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T. G., Sheats, K. F., McElroy, S. E., & Landor, A. M. (2017). Being committed: Conceptualizations of romantic relationship commitment among economically disadvantaged African American adolescents. Journal of Black Psychology, 43,111-134. doi: 10.1177/0095798415621665
  • Landor, A. M., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T. G., Barton, A., McElroy, S., & Sheats, K. (2017). Relationship contexts as sources of socialization: An exploration of the intimate partner violence experiences of economically disadvantaged African American adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0650-z
  • Richardson, E. W., Simons, L. G., & Futris, T. G. (2017). Linking family-of-origin experiences and perpetration of sexual coercion: College males’s sense of entitlement. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 781-791.  doi 10.1007/s10826-016-0592-5
  • Barton, A. W., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T. G., Sheats, K. F., McElroy, S. E., & Landor, A. M. (2015). Being committed: Conceptualizations of romantic relationship commitment among economically disadvantaged African American adolescents. Journal of Black Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0095798415621665
  • Mallette, J. K., Futris, T. G., Brown, G. L. and Oshri, A. (2015). The Influence of Father Involvement and Interparental Relationship Quality on Adolescent Mothers' Maternal Identity. Family Relations, 64: 476–489. doi: 10.1111/fare.12132
  • Futris, T. G., Sutton, T. E., & Richardson, E. (2013). An Evaluation of the Relationship Smarts Plus Program on Adolescents in Georgia. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension [On-line], 1 (2), 1-15. Available at http://media.wix.com/ugd/c8fe6e_2049d8d71b917603971c1bca1e225705.pdf
  • Arnold, L., O’Neil, C. W., & Futris, T. G. (2013). Parent-daughter communications and emerging adults’ beliefs about mate selection. Journal of Adult Development, 20 (1), 16-26. doi: 10.1007/s10804-012-9152-4