Relationships and Sexuality News

Parenting Style Impacts Teen Autonomy, Relationships

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests a controlling parenting style can hinder autonomy and relationship development among teens. Investigators at the University of Virginia believe their findings are important because the teenage years are a time to establish a healthy degree of autonomy and closeness in ...

Marital Strife + Depression = Increased Obesity Risk

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers believe a combination of marital hostility and a history of depression increase the risk for obesity in adults. The provocative new research suggests social factors play a role in the way the body processes high-fat food. Investigators discovered that men and women with ...

Risk Factors for Sexual Assault May Help Prevent It

October 16th, 2014
A new Danish study identifies risk factors associated with sexual assault and finds that most women were in their late teens or early 20s and knew their attacker before the incident. Many of the assaults were not associated with physical injury, but alcohol often played ...

Mouse Study: Oxytocin Regulates Female Sexual Behavior

October 11th, 2014
The "cuddle" hormone oxytocin may play a particularly strong role in regulating female sexual behavior, according to a new mouse study by scientists at Rockefeller University. Oxytocin is released naturally during moments of relational bonding, such as breastfeeding, childbirth, and sex. The research, ...

Stress May Underlie Teen Girls’ Risk of Depression

October 10th, 2014
While adolescence often brings a mixed bag of emotional events, new research suggests girls have more interpersonal challenges, increasing their risk for depression. Temple University researchers believe frequent exposure to stressful events causes girls to ruminate, or overly contemplate their emotional affairs, which ...

Family Support Helps Gay, Bisexual Youth Succeed

October 9th, 2014
A “modern family” setting in which gay and bisexual youth receive the blessing and love of family members can help kids avoid unhealthy behaviors. Rutgers investigators found that gay and bisexual youth who are supported by their family and feel comfortable talking to ...

Is Sexting Normal?

October 7th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. Researchers have published their findings on teenage sexting and future sexual activity in the journal Pediatrics. Sexting is sending sexually explicit ...

Boys Who Don’t Feel Accepted at Greater Risk of Self-Harm

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests that when boys feel they are not accepted by peers or family they are at high risk for committing future harm or suicide. Brown University researchers studied 99 teens hospitalized out of concern for suicide risk and found that a ...

Alcohol Lets Men Respond More Easily to Smiles

October 1st, 2014
Drinking alcohol appears to foster a sort of "social bravery" among men, enabling them to be more responsive to the smiles of others. Researchers discovered that for men, alcohol increases male’s sensitivity to rewarding social behaviors like smiling. This finding may help to explain some ...

Study Probes Anorexia in Males

September 30th, 2014
New research suggests male anorexia is similar to female anorexia although the male disorder is associated with personality and gender identity issues. Although anorexia is traditionally associated with females, the disorder also occurs among boys and men. University of Montreal researchers embarked on a ...