Relationships and Sexuality News

Strong Neighborhood Ties Can Protect Against Gun Violence

December 27th, 2014
Strong neighborhood ties can help protect a community from gun violence, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJF CSP). "Violence results in chronic community-level trauma and stress, and undermines ...

Physical Violence Tied to Disruption of Stress Hormone in Women

December 24th, 2014
A new study links physical violence against women by their male partners to disruption of a key stress hormone, which could lead to a variety of negative health effects. The study by the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center looked ...

Expectant Fathers May Face Prenatal Hormone Changes

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that impending fatherhood can lower two hormones -- testosterone and estradiol -- in men, even before their babies are born. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, previous studies have shown that men’s hormones change once they ...

Women Criticized for Weight Tend to Gain More

December 20th, 2014
When a woman is criticized by a loved one for her weight, she is likely to gain even more, according to a new study by the University of Waterloo in Canada. On the other hand, those who feel unconditionally accepted are more likely ...

Women Have More Empathy to Partner

December 19th, 2014
Although it has long been suspected that women are more empathetic toward their partner, a new study has come to the same conclusion using scientific inquiry and empirical research. Australian researchers, Dr Cindy Mervin and Professor Paul Frijters, found ...

Domestic Abuse Can Harm Unborn

December 18th, 2014
Researchers have found a surprisingly strong connection between the domestic abuse of a pregnant woman and postnatal trauma symptoms in her child, according to a new study at Michigan State University. Their findings are published in the research journal Child Abuse & Neglect. The ...

‘Technoference’ Tied to Lower Relationship Quality

December 16th, 2014
In a new study, couples who allowed technology to frequently interrupt their time together (even when it's unintentional) also reported lower relationship satisfaction, more depressive symptoms, and lower life satisfaction overall. There is a word for this new phenomenon: "technoference." The term, coined ...

Bad Marriage May Worsen Health Problems of Caregiver

December 7th, 2014
Being a caregiver for a chronically ill family member can negatively impact your physical, biological and mental health, but if you are also in a strained marriage, these negative health effects may feel intensified, according to a new study at South Dakota ...

Study to Probe Pain After Childbirth, Sexual Health

December 1st, 2014
A new study investigates reported changes in women's sexual health after childbirth, often as a result of pelvic pain. Loyola University (Chicago) researchers aim to determine the extent to which pelvic pain influences sexual health. “Many women experience physical changes after childbirth. This can ...

Older Couples in Unhappy Marriages at Greater Risk for Heart Disease

November 30th, 2014
Older couples in an unhappy marriage are at greater risk for developing heart disease than older couples in a happy marriage; and women are at greater risk than men, according to researchers at Michigan State University. "The findings suggest the need for marriage ...