10 Signs of Healthy & Unhealthy Groups: Toolkit

About the Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for use by school, campus, and organization professionals, student groups, and other leaders to shed light on how healthy and unhealthy behaviors can occur in a group context and within group relationships. Building on One Love’s 10 Signs of Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships, StopHazing and One Love collaborated to use the same framework to consider the healthy and unhealthy behaviors of groups.

Both StopHazing and One Love are invested in interpersonal violence prevention and educating young people, adults in their lives, educators, and beyond; therefore, this resource is designed to highlight examples of healthy and unhealthy group behaviors and to provide workshop and discussion tools for furthering education and reflection on the importance of healthy groups.

This resource is not exhaustive in listing the ways healthy or unhealthy behaviors play out in groups. Additionally, it is important to note that not all unhealthy behaviors that manifest in groups are necessarily considered hazing, however, they may be warning signs and risk factors that may compromise young people’s safety, belonging and overall well-being. This resource is designed to make connections to the many intersecting issues within interpersonal violence prevention and groups, including hazing.

What’s Included?

  • Background Information
  • About Hazing: Definition & Components
  • 10 Signs of Healthy Groups
  • 10 Signs of Unhealthy Groups
  • “Gut Check” Scenarios: Healthy
  • “Gut Check” Scenarios: Unhealthy
  • Discussion Questions
  • Hazing Prevention Resources & Education
  • References & Acknowledgments

Note for Audience

The primary audiences for this toolkit include high school and college and university professionals, as well as formal and informal groups and teams, student-leaders, and adults in their support networks. Additionally, we encourage users to tailor the language and terminology to the audience or particular groups and communities represented. For example, when working with student-athletes or coaches, terms like: “veteran players,” “teammates,” and “rookies” might be used to describe group dynamics; whereas, a similar discussion relative to Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) would use terms like “new member,” “initiates,” “brother,” “sister,” “neophyte,” or “neo.” When communicating with a general audience, “student,” “student-leader,” and “student organization members” might be more appropriate.


Reference in part or full to this resource should provide attribution as follows:
StopHazing (2022). StopHazing’s 10 Signs of Healthy and Unhealthy Groups: Toolkit.


Questions about the resource or using it to inform practice? Contact meredith@stophazing.org

For more information about One Love, click here.
Learn more about One Love’s 10 Signs of Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships that this toolkit adapted.

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