The REWE Lab is led by Dr. Girme at Simon Fraser University.
Our research aims to understand how social relationships can foster better psychological and physiological wellbeing.
People involved in supportive intimate relationships experience better psychological and physical health. However, even good relationships are hard to maintain and providing support can at times be difficult. Given the crucial role of supportive intimate relationships in protecting psychological and physical health and fostering relationship wellbeing, our research aims to determine when and for whom relationships foster greater wellbeing.
With people pursing personal aspirations, and as divorce and solo-parenting increases, singlehood is becoming more common across life stages. Research suggests that coupled people experience greater wellbeing compared to single people. However, relationships can also be a source of hurt and conflict, which single people can avoid. Thus, our research aims to understand how and when single people can experience better wellbeing.