Relationships Research

Relationship research

This current research project aims to assess how individuals’ differences contribute to self-sabotage in intimate relationships. Several studies are being conducted to investigate how characteristics such as demographics (i.e., age, gender and sexual orientation), relationship factors (i.e., status, duration, quality and stress), adult attachment styles, flirting styles, traumatic experiences and capability to cope with traumatic events can influence self-defeating behaviours. Additionally, studies are being conducted to develop a typology to describe romantic self-sabotours.

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How to be intimate during the coronavirus pandemic? | COVID-19 Special

12 Mar 2021

Every third married couple in Germany gets divorced. They were double the normal rate in Wuhan in the first lockdown. In the US they’ve surged by a third. Separation can be prevented by asking professionals for advice. You’ve gotta be open to it though. DW is talking about that with a psychology researcher. Interview on DW […]

How to be intimate during the coronavirus pandemic? | COVID-19 Special

15 Jan 2021

Sex is one of the most basic human needs. But when coronavirus has made something as simple as a kiss or a hug taboo – it’s become tricky. So how we can get the physical intimacy we need? Interview on DW News 15 December, 2021. In this interview Ben Fajzullin talks to Stephanie Trachtenberg, Satisfyer […]

The importance of opening our hearts and reconnecting.

10 Nov 2020

This holiday season University of Southern Queensland’s Dr Raquel Peel reminds us of the importance of opening our hearts and reconnecting Story found on USQ Twitter 10 November, 2020. Because it’s National Psychology Week, it’s important to bring awareness to the fact that coming up to the holiday season, it’s a time where there can […]

Connecting Toowoomba Singles face to face.

29 Oct 2020

A new event is promising to connect Toowoomba singles face to face after months of mostly online dating, because of the pandemic. Story found on WIN News Toowoomba Facebook 29 October, 2020. A new event is promising to connect Toowoomba singles face to face after months of mostly online dating, because of the pandemic. Check […]

Interview with Raquel Peel. ABC Drive Radio with Adam Stephen.

01 Jul 2020

ABC Drive Radio with Adam Stephen 1 July 2020 Retrieved from ABC Drive with Adam Stephen. Tune in to the sound of North Queensland. The day’s news, the best music and lively conversations. Excerpt from the program broadcasted on 1 July 2020. Interview with Raquel Peel started at 20.30. Listen to full Episode at […]

Interview with Raquel Peel. Relationships in Lockdown.

08 May 2020

University of Southern Queensland – Australia 3 April, 2020. Retrieved from Univeristy of Southern Queensland Facebook Page To keep the spark alive … you don’t have to burn the house down  As University of Southern Queensland – Australia‘s Raquel Peel explains …

Interview with Raquel Peel. Singles Find Creative Ways to Date during the Pandemic.

18 Apr 2020

ABC 24 — Weekend Breakfast Retrieved from ABC 24 – Weekend Breakfast DescriptionJohanna Nicholson and Fauziah Ibrahim bring you the latest news on the Coronavirus pandemic, speak to medical professionals and public health experts and look at the far-reaching impact on people, the economy and how we live. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW Love in the time […]

ABC Live TV Interview Valentine’s Day

Interview ABC Live TV Valentine’s Day.

14 Feb 2020

Relationship self-sabotage may be affecting your quest for love and happiness Interview on ABC National Radio | By Shelley Lloyd 14 Feb, 2020. Taken from the interview For some, Valentine’s Day is the day to smugly celebrate your couple status with overpriced flowers and saccharine sweet cards. For others, it is the day to ridicule the […]

Interview with Raquel Peel. Love Lost. What happens when you self-sabotage love?

10 Jan 2018

Win News, Townsville, Australia.


TED Podcast (How to be a Better Human) – How to stop sabotaging your romantic relationships

22 Jul 2021

Are you Sabotaging your Romantic Relationships? Podcast with Chris Duffy 20 July, 2021 In a conversation with Chris Duffy, Dr Raquel Peel uncovers sharp insights and give clear takeaways on how YOU can be a better human and stop sabotaging your romantic relationships. Here is the intro from How to Be a Better Human Podcast: […]

The romantic self-saboteur | ABC News

05 May 2021

What happens when you’re very young can have a life-long effect on your relationships, as Raquel Peel knows all too well. Podcast on ABC National Radio | Ockham’s Razor with Tegan Taylor 25 April, 2021. In this podcast, on Ockham’s Razor with Tegan Taylor. Raquel talks about the cycle of romantic self-sabotage and how childhood […]

Why do we sabotage love? | Tedx-Shorts

12 Feb 2021

TEDx SHORTS Start each day with short, eye-opening ideas from some of the world’s greatest TEDx speakers. Hosted by Atossa Leoni, TEDx SHORTS will give you the chance to immerse yourself in surprising knowledge, fresh perspectives, and moving stories from some of our most compelling talks. Less than 10 minutes a day, every day. Subscribe […]

Do you sabotage relationships that have potential? With Dr Margaret Rutherford

09 Apr 2020

Do you sabotage relationships that have potential? Are you risk averse? Do you commit too quickly or are you passively going along with the relationship continuing? Podcast with Dr Margaret Rutherford 9 April, 2020 Today we’re talking about several ways you can sabotage a relationship’s potential or you can end in a relationship that’s simply […]


We are currently recruiting for several studies and we would love to have you participate!!! Follow the link to the list of ongoing studies. Please read the studies' summary to determine your eligibility. Participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous.