The Youth and Adolescent Relationships (YAR) lab at Eastern Michigan University investigates the development of friendships, dating/couple relationships, and familial relationships among adolescents and emerging adults. Broadly, we are interested in:

  1. The dynamics of coping and social support in the context of close relationships
  2. Relations between body-related conversation (e.g., fat talk) and body image, as well as eating behaviors
  3. Attachment security in relation to social and psychological adjustment