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'Marrying Up' Is Now Easier for Men, Improves Their Economic Well-Being, Study Finds

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As the number of highly educated women has increased in recent decades, the chances of "marrying up" have increased significantly for men and decreased for women, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas sociologist.

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Romantic Attraction, Machine Learning, Psychology, Dating, Attraction, Desire, Speed Dating

A Magic Formula to Predict Attraction Is More Elusive Than Ever

Dating websites often claim attraction between two people can be predicted from the right combination of traits and preferences, but a new study casts doubt on that assertion. The study, which used speed dating data, found a computer could predict who is desirable and how much someone would desire others — who’s hot and who’s not — but it could not unravel the mystery of unique desire for a specific person.

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Aging, relationships and health, Health Care, Caregiver, Caregiver Coping, Caregiver Burden, Caregiver Depression, Caregiver Distress, caregiver health tips, caregiver outcomes, Stress, Coping, Mental Health, Physical Health

Study Finds the Burdens of Spousal Caregiving Alleviated by Appreciation

The fact that spouses often become caregivers for their ailing partners is quite common in American life – and few roles are more stressful. But Michael Poulin, a UB psychologist, is part of a research team that has published a study suggesting that spending time attempting to provide help can be beneficial for a caregiver's well-being, but only under certain circumstances.

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relationships and communications, Relationships

Providing Support for Individuals Experiencing Relationship Problems: Tips for Clinicians, Family Members, and Friends

When couples are dissatisfied in their relationship, couple therapy, in which both members of the couple participate in the treatment, has become one of the most widely practiced interventions. The effectiveness of couple therapy in improving couple relationships has been demonstrated by several studies (Shadish & Baldwin, 2003). For example, in their systematic review, Lebow, Chambers, Christensen, and Johnson (2012) summarized research findings indicating that couple therapy improves relationship satisfaction for 71% of participating couples at the end of treatment, while distressed couples who received no treatment made no improvement (Shadish & Baldwin, 2003, 2005; Baucom, Hahlweg, & Kuschel, 2003).

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Decision-Making, Psychology, Romantic Relationships, Divorce, Breakups, Judgment

Should I Stay or Should I Leave?

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A new study offers insights into what people are deliberating about and what makes decisions about staying in or leaving a romantic relationship so difficult, which could help therapists working with couples and stimulate further research into the decision-making process.

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Opiods, doctor shopping, Religiosity, Marx, Suicide, Marriage, Gender

Sociologists Present Research on Gender, Drug Use, Suicide and Religion

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Faculty members and graduate students from Indiana University Bloomington presented research findings this week at the 112th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, a four-day meeting in Montreal.

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Intoxication, Heavy Drinkers, Violence, intimate partner aggression, problematic drinking, Olivia Subramani, Dominic Parrott, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes Of Health (NIH)

Intoxication Increases Risk for Heavy Drinkers to Commit Violence Against Intimate Partner, Study Finds

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Intoxicated, heavy drinkers have a tendency to act rashly in response to negative emotions, which can intensify the risk for intimate partner aggression, according to a study by Georgia State University and Purdue University.

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Cohabitation, Relationships, relationships and communications, couples and compromise, Marriage, Housework, Contraception, Middle Class, Working Class, Service Class, Living Together, domestic partner, Women's Rights, poverty and marriage, Economic Anxiety

Researcher Reveals Emerging Differences Among Americans Who Live Together, Based on Social Class

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Amanda Miller of the University of Indianapolis studies how the experience of cohabitation is changing in America. Her latest research and new co-authored book reveal how the process of moving in and living together today often differs greatly by social class, and for men and women.

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Sex, Sexual Assault, College, hooking up, Sociology

College Men Mostly Presume Consent in Sexual Encounters with Women

Many straight men on college campuses still aren’t doing well in gaining the explicit consent of their female sexual partners. Absent a clear and spoken, “No!” or demand to stop, young men are using non-verbal cues and presumed behaviors to assure themselves that their partner is willfully participating.

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alcohol sensitivity, regretted sex, protective factor, Women, Risk Perception, Gender Differences

Risk for Regretted Sex Heightened Among Women High in Alcohol Sensitivity

Heavy drinking can have a number of negative consequences, including sex that is later regretted. Low sensitivity (LS) to alcohol’s effects – which characterizes the person who can “drink everyone under the table” – is a known risk factor for heavy drinking and its consequences. This study investigated LS and regretted sex from an unusual perspective, asking whether LS could be protective in some contexts, given that LS drinkers are generally less impaired from drinking at a given level. More specifically, the investigators tested whether LS was associated with differences in reports by men and women of alcohol-related regretted sex.







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