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Married Parents Less Likely to Have Obese Children

Married Parents Less Likely to Have Obese Children

Childhood obesity is a growing concern in America with nearly one-third of all U.S. children ages 2-17 overweight or obese, finds a new study. Some experts believe this health trend will prevent children from living as long as their parents, and will contribute to the demise of the health care system by the cost associated […]

Strong Marriage Helps Depressed Dads Connect with Children

Strong Marriage Helps Depressed Dads Connect with Children

Depressed parents often have trouble relating to a child’s emotional state. Dads are especially challenged to recognize a child’s developmental stage and abilities, and notice whether the child is getting frustrated or needs help. But researchers from the University of Illinois found the effect of a dad’s depression is mitigated when fathers report a high […]

Solution-Focused Therapy: A Brief History

Solution-Focused Therapy: A Brief History

Solution-focused therapy has a different background than most other psychological theories of behavior.  It is a modern theory that was developed in the 1980’s and is associated with important figures in social work practice, such as, Insoo Kim Berg and Michelle Weiner-Davis.  Overall, according to Lehmann and Coady (2001), it was developed from four main […]

What Needs to Happen After Detox?

What Needs to Happen After Detox?

Substance abuse and dependence have grown in the United States and throughout the world. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 23.1 million Americans in 2008 have required assistance with substance abuse or dependence beginning at age 12 and older.  However, only approximately four million people received treatment for their substance […]

Prayer Can Facilitate Forgiveness

Prayer Can Facilitate Forgiveness

New research suggests prayer can be a powerful agent to aid relationship reconciliation. Florida State University researchers found that praying for a romantic partner or close friend can lead to more cooperative and forgiving behavior toward the partner. Experts say the findings are the first in which the partners who are the subject of the […]

Long-Term Use of Pain Meds Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Long-Term Use of Pain Meds Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Eighty percent, if not more, of the public has experienced back pain. Despite the best technology, the latest in surgical practices and the most advanced rehabilitative techniques, pain may persist, compromising sleep and in some cases, helping bring on depression. To combat the pain, some individuals resort to taking prescription painkillers on a regular basis. […]

Sad Music Can Help Mend Broken Heart

Sad Music Can Help Mend Broken Heart

New research suggest an aesthetic experience that reflects a person’s mood can help calm emotional turmoil. Thus, sad music or books may help someone get through heartbreak. “Emotional experiences of aesthetic products are important to our happiness and well-being. Music, movies, paintings, or novels that are compatible with our current mood and feelings, akin to an empathic […]

Can Openly Gay Actors Convince in Straight Roles?

Can Openly Gay Actors Convince in Straight Roles?

New research looks into the influence of gender roles on job credibility and performance ranking among entertainers. Clemson University researchers studied an issue raised in a recent news column that suggested an “out” actor cannot convincingly play a heterosexual because knowing someone is gay will bias perceptions of his or her performance. Researchers discovered that […]

In Digital Age, Breaking Up May Be Even Harder to Do

In Digital Age, Breaking Up May Be Even Harder to Do

 Today’s digital environment allows quick deletion of digital photos and emails, but the proliferation of digital possessions makes erasing a relationship a difficult proposition. A new research study investigates how an individual can manage the digital records of an ex, across multiple devices, applications, web-services, and platforms “People are keeping huge collections of digital possessions,” said […]

Study Explodes Myth of Cougars & Sugar Daddies

Study Explodes Myth of Cougars & Sugar Daddies

It’s a popular image fostered by Hollywood: A rich older man or woman supporting an attractive younger spouse. But a new study has found that people who marry someone much younger or much older have lower earnings, lower cognitive abilities, are less educated, and are less attractive, compared to people who marry someone their own […]

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