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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

Teens and young adults who expected to get married within the next five years reported committing fewer delinquent acts in the next year than those who weren’t thinking about wedding bells, new research has found. While other studies have shown that people commit fewer crimes when they get married, this is the first to show… Read more

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… Read more