Relationships and Well-Being Lab

Dr. Emily A. Impett
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto
3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga, ON L5L1C6
Phone: 905.569.4632
Fax: 905.569.4326

The main goal of my research is to investigate how close relationships influence our happiness and well-being. In one line of research, I examine how an approach-avoidance motivational perspective can help us to understand why some relationships are successful while others falter and fail. In a second line of work, I study the role of prosocial emotions, such as gratitude, love, and compassion, in relationships across the lifespan. In a third line of research, I investigate the benefits of being authentic or “true” to oneself in relationships, with a particular emphasis on how authenticity shapes the sexual health and well-being of adolescent girls and young adult women. In a fourth line of research, I examine the benefits that communally oriented individuals receive from giving to close others.

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