Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets and Nathan Huebschmann ’19 have coauthored a new study, “Don’t Fear Conflict: Relationship Stress Beliefs in Friend, Familial, and Romantic Relationships,” published in Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.

“Believing that stress can have positive effects (i.e., having a stressis-enhancing mindset) has been shown to mitigate the negative impact of stressful experiences on mental health,” stated the paper’s abstract. “Relationship strain seems to particularly affect the well-being of those who believe that conflict is debilitating rather than believing that conflict can be productive.”