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Partner Abuse Still Not on Radar of Health Care Providers

Partner Abuse Still Not on Radar of Health Care Providers

A new Penn State University study finds that many health care providers are failing when it comes to dealing with intimate partner violence in female patients. Researchers found that only 20 percent of central Pennsylvania women who experienced intimate partner violence were asked or counseled by a health care provider about abuse. Moreover, approximately only one […]

Male Hormones May Discourage Adultery with Friends’ Wives

Male Hormones May Discourage Adultery with Friends’ Wives

While hormones and their influence on a woman’s mental and physical health has been an area of contemporary focus, new attention is now being placed on male biological changes and how they influence social interactions and amorous relationships. A University of Missouri study suggests that after a spike of testosterone in adolescence, male adulthood is […]

Infants React to Angry Voices Even When Asleep

Infants React to Angry Voices Even When Asleep

New research suggests that babies’ brains can process emotional tones of voice, a capability that could potentially lead to problems in dealing with stress and emotions. Researchers from the University of Oregon found that infants respond to angry tone of voice, even when they’re asleep. Babies’ brains are very malleable, allowing them to develop in response […]

Are Gay Parents Held to a Double Standard?

Are Gay Parents Held to a Double Standard?

A new study suggests that gay parents are judged more harshly than straight parents. Researchers from Binghamton University conducted a study of people’s reactions to the parenting behaviors of gay and straight parents. The results showed a clear pattern of negative reactions from study participants towards a gay couple engaging in exactly the same negative […]

Prenatal Stress Can Increase Stillbirth Risk

Prenatal Stress Can Increase Stillbirth Risk

A new National Institutes of Health study discovers financial, emotional, or other stress in the year before delivery can increase a pregnant woman’s chance of stillbirth. Stillbirth is the death of a fetus at 20 or more weeks of pregnancy. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2006, there was one stillbirth for […]

Parent Conflict May Hinder Cognitive Development in Children

Parent Conflict May Hinder Cognitive Development in Children

Provocative new research suggests marital conflict is a significant source of environmental stress for children. Witnessing parents fighting may harm children’s stress response systems. In turn, the impaired stress response may affect a child’s mental and intellectual development, say Auburn University and the Catholic University of America researchers. In the study, scientists looked at 251 […]

Happy Marriage Tends to Mean Weight Gain

Happy Marriage Tends to Mean Weight Gain

Marriage has long been associated with health benefits. However, times change and contemporary marriage appears to be linked with weight gain. On the up side, Southern Methodist University researchers discovered the increase in body mass index over time is associated with relationship satisfaction. By contrast, when couples are less satisfied in their marriage, or even contemplating separation, […]

Shared Responsibilities Can Improve Marriage

Shared Responsibilities Can Improve Marriage

New research suggests a shared approach to household chores and parenting is a tonic for a successful marriage. However, University of Missouri researchers discovered an equal distribution of responsibilities is not always necessary as each couple will determine expectations of each partner. “Sharing can mean something different to every couple,” said Adam Galovan, lead researcher […]

Tips to Help Dad Bond with Stepkids

Tips to Help Dad Bond with Stepkids

Research has lagged on relationship development between stepfathers and stepchildren. And as any stepdad can attest, it’s one thing to win a mom’s heart and another to win over her children. Experts say that while one-third of American children live in a stepfamily during part of their childhood, little is known about the development of […]

Does Happiness trump Commitment?: Obstacles in Couple Therapy

Does Happiness trump Commitment?: Obstacles in Couple Therapy

We are the generation of individual happiness. No longer should our marriage vows state “till death do us part”. It should actually state ” till I’m no longer happy”.  With that said, most people already know that around 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce. 41 percent of first marriages end […]

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