Relationships and Sexuality News

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 ...

Does Looking for Love Online Stand Test of Time?

September 26th, 2014
Online dating sites, social media and specific apps have significantly changed the way singles meet, date, develop relationships, and even marry. A new study looks at this practice and compares online and offline meeting venues and if the setting of the initial meeting ...

Changing Harmful Social Norms to Combat Gender-Based Violence

September 24th, 2014
A new study discusses the challenge of developing effective strategies to change traditional, but inequitable and harmful community norms that can lead to gender-based violence. In the review, Georgetown University researchers acknowledge that gender-based violence affects the physical and mental health of girls ...

Many Single Parents Have Active Sex Life

September 24th, 2014
New research counters the notion that a single parent of a child younger than five has a limited social life, if a social life at all. Researchers from the Kinsey Institute discovered single parents of children younger than five date and are sexually ...

Domestic Violence More Likely for Same-Sex Couples

September 21st, 2014
Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently -- and likely more so -- between same-sex couples, according to a review of literature conducted by researchers at Northwestern Medicine. “Evidence suggests that the minority stress model may explain these high prevalence rates,” said senior ...