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Helping LGBT Youths Increase Resilience

Helping LGBT Youths Increase Resilience

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) young people appear to be less resilient than their older LGBT counterparts, according to a new study at the University of Missouri School of Medicine that explored the role resilience plays in lowering stress and depression among people in the LGBT community. “Identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender often […]

Teen Talks with Parents (Especially Mom) Bolster Safe Sex

Teen Talks with Parents (Especially Mom) Bolster Safe Sex

New research finds that talking about sex with parents, especially mothers, improves safe sex behavior among adolescents. The findings are particularly true for girls. Public health researchers explain that risky sexual behavior among adolescents is a serious health problem because of the risk of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. Communication between parents and adolescents […]

Fair Division of Housework = Better Sex Life

Fair Division of Housework = Better Sex Life

New research suggests men may want to consider washing more dishes or doing an extra load of laundry as a way to have more and better sex. Investigators from the University of Alberta discovered that couples enjoyed more frequent and satisfying sex for both partners when men made a fair contribution to housework. The same […]

Study Counters Notion of “Emotional” Female Brain

Study Counters Notion of “Emotional” Female Brain

Researchers from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Illinois found that the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is not larger in females than in males. “Sex differences in the brain are irresistible to those looking to explain stereotypic differences between […]

Smart Women May Be More Appealing to Men — From a Distance

Smart Women May Be More Appealing to Men — From a Distance

New research finds that romantic attraction may change as a relationship shifts from long distance to up close and personal. “We found that men preferred women who are smarter than them in psychologically distant situations. Men rely on their ideal preferences when a woman is hypothetical or imagined,” said Lora Park, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator […]

Acceptance, Genuine Relationships Boost Moms’ Well-Being

Acceptance, Genuine Relationships Boost Moms’ Well-Being

New research has found that unconditional acceptance by friends and authenticity in relationships play crucial roles in contributing to the well-being of mothers. In what is described as the first known study to delve into the phenomenological experience of motherhood, Dr. Suniya Luthar, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University, and postdoctoral research associate […]

No Increase in Divorce for Big Families With Disabled Child

No Increase in Divorce for Big Families With Disabled Child

A new study shows that among families with healthy children, the chances of divorce tend to increase with each successive child. However, among families with at least one disabled child, there is no increase in the rate of divorce as the family grows bigger. The findings suggest that having non-disabled children who can pitch in […]

Marriage Linked to Favorable Recovery after Heart Surgery

Marriage Linked to Favorable Recovery after Heart Surgery

New research finds that being married appears to have significant benefits following cardiac surgery. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania discovered patients who are divorced, separated, or widowed had an approximately 40 percent greater chance of dying or developing a new functional disability in the first two years following […]

Marital Issues May Give Rise to Different Emotions in Men & Women

Marital Issues May Give Rise to Different Emotions in Men & Women

Researchers have found that when a long marriage has troubles, women worry, become sad and get frustrated. For men, it’s sheer frustration and not much more. The study appears in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and finds gender differences when long-married partners are asked about their marital relationship. Dr. Deborah Carr, a Rutgers University sociology […]

Happily Married Older Couples Closely Attuned to Partner’s Discomfort

Happily Married Older Couples Closely Attuned to Partner’s Discomfort

Older couples who report high marital satisfaction are strongly attuned to one another’s discomfort, with wives in particular feeling greater levels of distress on the days that their husbands experience more pain, according to a new study at the Yale School of Public Health. Men, meanwhile, who had high marital satisfaction experienced heightened daily distress […]

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