Women regret casual sex more than men do -- but less so if they take the initiative and the sex was good.
Couples do poorly at knowing when their partner is sad, lonely or feeling down, finds a new study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Couples do pretty well at picking up one another's more intense feelings, like happiness or anger, but they aren't as sensitive to 'soft negative' emotions. Since spouses are each other's primary source of social support, it's important they stay attuned to each other, said psychologist Chrystyna Kouros, the study's lead author.
For couples with decades of shared memories, a partner's decline in the ability to communicate because of dementia is frightening and frustrating. Communication strategies they've used before simply don't work anymore. By getting creative, an in-home intervention to support couples affected by dementia is showing that 'practice does make perfect,' both for the caregiver and the care receiver or person with dementia, and can improve their communication behaviors in just 10 weeks.
A new longitudinal study of adoptive families looked at whether symptoms of depression in adoptive fathers is also related to over-reactive parenting and behavior problems in children; the study also examined how social support networks affect parenting. It found that fathers' symptoms of depression were related to harsh, over-reactive parenting, but not to children's subsequent behavior problems.
Researchers in BYU's School of Family Life have provided more insight into what may be one of the roots of the dissatisfaction caused by materialism -- a diminished view of the importance of marriage itself.
Some men categorize women into two groups: either they are chaste, nurturing and good, or they are promiscuous, manipulative, and out to seduce them. This polarizing 'Madonna-Whore dichotomy' is grounded in a man's desire to reinforce male dominance, and not only relates to attitudes that restrict a woman's autonomy, but also impairs intimate relationships between men and women.
In much of Africa and Asia, the more schooling a man has, the more likely his partner will take birth control or seek medical help in pregnancy, according to Canadian researchers.
According to new research by psychologists at Swansea University, resource-rich environments may cause people to favor short-term relationships.
Women who consume Internet pornography are using technology to explore their sexuality and connect with others to discuss their sexual interests, according to research from the University of Waterloo.
A University of Texas at Arlington researcher is part of a team of authors who have found that using a mobile device at home for work purposes has negative implications for the employee's work life and also their spouse.