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What Is Attachment And How Does It Affect Our Relationships?

Research across many years and many cultures has found around 35-40% of people say they feel insecure in their adult relationships. While 60-65% experience secure, loving and satisfying relationships. How secure or insecure we are with our romantic partners depends, in part, on how we bonded with our parents at a young age. From the […]

Romantic Relationships Ease Influence Of Genetic Alcohol Consumption Risk

People with a genetic predisposition to risky alcohol behavior are less likely to drink frequently, become intoxicated often, or suffer from alcohol dependence symptoms if they are in a romantic relationship, according to a new study led by a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher. “We found that the effect of genetic risk for alcohol use was […]

Prospective Reasoning Helps Overcome Relationship Conflicts

Thinking about the future helps overcome conflicts, according to a new study. The findings have potential implications for understanding how prospection, or future-thinking, can be a beneficial strategy for a variety of conflicts people experience in their everyday lives. Alex Huynh, a doctoral candidate in psychology and lead author of the study, said: “When romantic […]

Younger Overweight Girls Begin Smoking And Drinking Earlier

Girls who were overweight as children are more likely to start using cigarettes, marijuana, or alcohol at an earlier age than peers who were a healthy weight, a new study suggests. The correlation, however, only shows up when researchers break the data down by racial or ethnic group and sex. Previous research that didn’t take […]