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Improve Marriage by Communicating Gratitude to Spouse

Improve Marriage by Communicating Gratitude to Spouse

Simply thanking a spouse or telling them they are appreciated appears to do wonders for a marriage. Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) found that expressing gratitude was a key skill to relieve the negative effects of poor communication during conflicts and a major influence toward improving marital quality. “We found that feeling appreciated […]

When First Sex is Linked to Alcohol, Women May be at Later Risk

When First Sex is Linked to Alcohol, Women May be at Later Risk

A new study discovers a young woman is more likely to be at risk for sexual assault if her first sexual experience involves alcohol. Jennifer A. Livingston, PhD, a senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) surveyed 228 women, ages 18 to 20, about their sexual experiences and drinking […]

Seeing That Partner Is Reaching Out Is Key to Couples Success

Seeing That Partner Is Reaching Out Is Key to Couples Success

A new study suggests that conflict in a relationship can cloud a person’s ability to recognize their partner’s attempts to reach out to them. University of Illinois researchers say the perception that a partner is working on the relationship is important. “When we evaluate relationship maintenance in couples, the important measure is not what’s actually […]

Women and Men React Differently to Infidelity

Women and Men React Differently to Infidelity

A new study shows men are more jealous of sexual infidelity, while women are more jealous of emotional infidelity. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) say evolutionary psychology may help explain the difference. “Men and women’s psychology is similar in most areas, but not when it comes to reproduction,” said Associate […]

Social Support Protects Transgender People from Suicide

Social Support Protects Transgender People from Suicide

While experts acknowledge that a transgender person is at high risk of committing suicide, new research has identified several key factors that can reduce the odds of a tragedy. University of Houston College of Education researchers explain that the likelihood of a transgender person attempting suicide is very high, often because of the prejudice, transphobia, […]

New Study Shows Beauty Really Is In the Eye of the Beholder

New Study Shows Beauty Really Is In the Eye of the Beholder

A new study in twins shows that differences of opinion about attractiveness are the result of personal experiences unique to the individual. Of course, there are some aspects of attractiveness that are pretty universal and may even be coded into our genes, according to the researchers. For example, they note that people tend to prefer […]

Study Probes The Pain of Internet Infidelity

Study Probes The Pain of Internet Infidelity

A new study explores the impact of Internet infidelity among couples. The findings reveal strong gender differences in how online cheating is perceived with women more strongly associating Internet activities with infidelity and finding these activities far more distressing. The study, conducted by researchers from the Open University in the U.K., was based on an anonymous online survey […]

MD & Nurse Training on Teen Risk Behavior Pays Off

MD & Nurse Training on Teen Risk Behavior Pays Off

A new program that trains Australian doctors and nurses to better recognize risk-taking behavior in teens and young adults appears to be effective at identifying and reducing risky behaviors. University of Melbourne researchers led the study that included 901 young people, doctors and nurses at 42 general practices in 15 urban and eight regional divisions […]

Cellphones Can Damage Romantic Relationships

Cellphones Can Damage Romantic Relationships

A provocative new study suggests our trusted partner and confidant — the cell phone — can harm interpersonal relationships and lead to higher levels of depression. Baylor University researchers James A. Roberts, Ph.D., and Meredith David, Ph.D., conducted two separate surveys, accounting for a total of 453 adults in the U.S., with the intention of learning the […]

Large Study of Mate Preferences Has Some Surprises

Large Study of Mate Preferences Has Some Surprises

In two of the largest studies to date, researchers discovered men and women often have different perspectives on the qualities they believe are “desirable” and “essential” in a long-term partner. Researchers at Chapman University in California surveyed nearly 28,000 heterosexual participants ages 18 to 75 years. Their findings confirm the long-held belief that people with desirable […]

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