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What's Stopping You From Raising Kind and Empathic Children?

It ought to be easier to raise pro-social children — kids who are helpful and kind and empathic — since the impulse toward pro-social behavior is something we’re born with. Yet so many youngsters seem to miss the mark. Two aspects of how we...
26-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

How to Show Your Partner That You Care

In our primary relationship, we all want to be understood. We want our partners to "get" us. Whether we're upset or joyful or sad, whether we're disappointed, excited, or discouraged, we want our partner to accept and understand what it is we're...
25-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

The Marriage Benefit

It has long been understood that there is a connection between long-term relationships and health. There is also a reciprocal relationship between marriage and health, where not only is marriage affected by illness, but the quality of marriage can...
24-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

What Parents Can Teach Kids During the School Year

As we help our sons and daughters get ready to return to school, let’s reflect on our own readiness to promote our kids’ best emotional development during the school year. Consider these dimensions.
18-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Maintaining Balance in Your Relationship

Every marriage has an invisible emotional bank account. We make deposits into the account through acts of kindness, words of admiration, gestures of support, and more. We make withdrawals from the account by moments of unkindness, harsh or unfair...
17-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Helping Your Kid Transition Back to School

As we help our sons and daughters get ready to return to school, let’s reflect on our own readiness to promote our kids’ best emotional development during the school year. Consider these dimensions.
16-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

APA Presents Awards to Psychologists at The Family Institute

The American Psychological Association (APA) presents a number of awards each year in recognition of excellence in research, scholarship and service to the field. Three psychologists at The Family Institute received awards this year. The awards will...
14-Aug-2018 11:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Prompt Each Other

It's a widespread complaint of women: men don't know how to listen without rushing in to give advice and offer a solution. "I'm not looking for advice," many women say, "I just want to be heard, to get something off my chest."
18-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Emerging Adults' Relationships with Their Parents

In this issue of Clinical Science Insights, Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D., explores Jeffrey Arnett’s theory of emerging adulthood, highlights potential problems that emerging adults and their families may encounter, and suggests some general guidelines...
14-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT


Let's Talk: Couples Therapy: Podcast

In this podcast episode, Neil Venketramen, staff therapist at The Family Institute, interviews Cheryl Rampage, our senior academic and clinical advisor and clinical associate professor who has more than three decades of experience treating...
17-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT


The Parenting Sweet Spot with College-Bound Kids

The transition to college is a balancing act for students and their families.
15-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT

"Thirteen Reasons Why" and What Comes Next

You can’t venture on to the Internet these days without stumbling across some sort of editorial about the Netflix show Thirteen Reasons Why.The Chicago Tribune has called the show “highly problematic” and “dangerously wrong” (VanNoord,...
15-Jun-2017 3:10 PM EDT

Invite Boredom Says Psychologist

Research has recognized for years a connection between children's imaginative capacity and their exposure to external sources of stimulation.
12-Jun-2017 12:05 PM EDT


Aaron Cooper, PhD, Available to Discuss Healthy Sexting

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Aaron Cooper, PhD, Available to Discuss Naming Emotions

23-Nov-2016 1:05 PM EST


Gustavo Medrano, PhD, Available to Discuss Caring for the Caregiver

18-Nov-2016 2:05 PM EST

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