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Recent Research on Relationships

(UPI) Men who drink tend to stem their alcohol use once they marry, while women tend to increase their drinking after marriage, U.S. researchers found.
(CTV News) A new study released Tuesday found that specialized couples therapy sessions may be one way to repair relationships devastated by the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
(U.S. News & World Report) Snuggling-for-hire isn’t what you think. And it could be good for your health.
(UPI) Humans, unlike most other mature mammals, play throughout their lives and U.S. researchers say that may have something to do with mating.
(NBC News) The tanking economy may have been bad news for most, but for plus-sized women the tough financial times may come with a perk. When men are stressed, they seem to be attracted to chubbier women, a new study shows.
(Daily Mail) A study has found that our brains actually process images differently depending on which gender we are looking at - regardless of whether we ourselves are male or female. The team behind the research says it could help explain why women are often the subject of sexual objectification.
(CBS News) Watching strong female characters on TV may make men and women less likely to have negative opinions of women. The theory, nicknamed the "Buffy Effect," was developed by Christopher Ferguson, an assistant professor at Texas A&M International University, and his team… "Although sexual and violent content tends to get a lot of attention, I was surprised by how little impact such content had on attitudes toward women. Instead it seems to be portrayals of women themselves, positive or negative that have the most impact, irrespective of objectionable content. In focusing so much on violence and sex, we may have been focusing on the wrong things," Ferguson said.
(UPI) Celebrity deaths can strongly affect their fans, who often use social media to grieve the loss of people they've never met, a U.S. researcher says.
Community: I’ve been very pleased to see strong women portrayed lately in books and movies, and on TV. When I was growing up, most of the women depicted were simpering and helpless, totally dependent on a man, and who even made it more difficult for him to deal with the evil power they faced. I tended to identify with the male heroes, rather than the females. Today’s heroines are sometimes the primary fighter, but at the least an equal with the male character in defeating the bad guys.
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