Thursday
Jun142018

Sexual Victimization Risk: Relationship Matters Podcast 72

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 72 “Cognitive processes underlying the self-other perspective in women’s judgements of sexual victimisation risk”: Dr Jenny Rinehart discusses her study on how women perceive risk of sexual victimisation for themselves and for others and the cognitive processes involved.Read the associated article here

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Thursday
Jun072018

What Does It Mean to Feel Loved?: Relationship Matters Podcast 71

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 71 “What does it mean to feel loved?”: Dr Saeideh Heshmati of Pennsylvania State University, explains the findings of her recent study on individual and shared opinions on what makes people feel loved using cultural consensus theory.Read the associated article here 

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Thursday
May312018

Marriage as a Training Ground: Relationship Matters Podcast 70

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 70 “Marriage as a training ground”: Dr Tila Pronk of Tilburg University, discusses her paper which looks at whether partners’ levels of self-control and forgiveness change in the first four years of marriage.Read the associated article here

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Thursday
May242018

Swiping Me Off My Feet on Tinder: Relationship Matters Podcast 69

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 69 “Swiping me off my feet: Explicating relationship initiation on Tinder”: Professor Leah E. LeFebvre of the University of Wyoming, talks about her paper which delves into how mobile dating apps like Tinder are changing how relationship initiating functions.Read the associated article here

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Thursday
May172018

Support Differences in Female Friendships: Relationship Matters Podcast 68

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 68 “Widening the Gap: Support gaps in same race versus different race female friendship dyads”: Professor Sharde Davis of the University of Connecticut, discusses her research on the differences in support in female friendships observed among friends from a similar racial background and those from differing racial backgrounds. Read the associated article here.  

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Thursday
May102018

The Cost of Support: Relationship Matters Podcast 67

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 67 “Circumnavigating the cost of support: Variations in cortisol as a function of self-efficacy and support visibility”: Dr Erin Crockett talks about her study into the visibility of support and its impact on cortisol and stress levels in people with high and low self-efficacy.Read the associated article here 

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Thursday
May032018

Changes in Compassionate Love: Relationship Matters Podcast 66

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 66 “Changes in older couples’ compassionate love over a year: The roles of gender, health, and attachment avoidance”: Dr Allen Sabey discusses his research on the changes in compassionate love in older couples over time as well the impact of health. Read the associated article here.  

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Thursday
Apr262018

"I Love You, Not Your Friends": Relationship Matters Podcast 65

 Relationship Matters Podcast Number 65 ““I Love You, Not Your Friends”: Links between partners’ early disapproval of friends and divorce across 16 years”: Dr Katherine Fiori discusses her findings on spousal approval of social networks and how this impacts the likelihood of divorce in Black and White couples.Read the associated article here

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Thursday
Apr192018

Need Satisfaction and Growth in Mothers: Relationship Matters Podcast 64

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 64 “The association between basic need satisfaction in relationship and personal growth among lesbian and heterosexual mothers”: Dr Geva Shenkman discusses his fascinating research comparing the personal growth and basic needs satisfaction in relationships of heterosexual and lesbian mothers. Read the associated article here.  

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Thursday
Apr122018

Reactions to a Dominant Partner, Implications for Satisfaction: Relationship Matters Podcast 63

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 63 “Negative affective reaction to partner’s dominant behavior influences satisfaction with romantic relationship”: Dr Gentiana Sadikaj from McGill University, Montreal discusses her recent article on how dominant behaviour can cause a negative effect on the partner by and then how that can affect the relationship quality. Read the associated article here

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Tuesday
Apr102018

A Dark Side of Blended Families: The Role of Ex-Partners

By Jennifer Harman Ph.D. - Colorado State University

Adventures in Blending: Memoirs of Mixing Families

 

If I were to portray the blending of my family with the Consultant’s as all rainbows and butterflies, I would be lying. Not because things are challenging with him; quite the contrary. We are on the same page almost all the time about handling the normal challenges that come with being a family, such as who should handle one kid’s tantrum and how to handle our financial obligations.

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Thursday
Apr052018

Volatility in Daily Relationship Quality: Relationship Matters Podcast 62

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 62 “Volatility in daily relationship quality”: Ashley Cooper from Florida State University from the Utah State University discusses her recent article about how volatility in relationship quality and its attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance. Read the associated article here 

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Tuesday
Apr032018

Marriage Is Depressing, Especially For Some Women

Photo Credit: MedicalNewsToday.comMarriage is supposed to be a happy occasion, but on occasion it may also undermine mental health. To determine marriage’s effect on depressive symptoms, researchers assessed 152 women during their engagement and then again 6 months post-wedding. Overall, rough 1 in 10 women (12%) reported increased depressive symptoms from before to after marriage (by comparison 6% experienced fewer symptoms). Researchers also explored uncertainty in one’s self, the partner, and the relationship and found that when uncertainty increased in any domain, it coincided with increases in depressive symptoms. Overall, those who were more certain about their relationship experiences less “post wedding blues.”

 

 

Scott, A. M., & Stafford, L. (2018). An investigation of relational turbulence and depressive symptoms in newly married women. Personal Relationships, 25, 22-37. 

Thursday
Mar292018

Resilience among Marginalized Family Members: Relationship Matters Podcast 61

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 61 “The communicative process of resilience for marginalized family members: Dr Elizabeth Dorrance Hall from the Utah State University discusses her recent article about her study on marginalised family members and their resilience. Read the associated article here 

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Wednesday
Mar282018

How Should You Part Your Hair to Look Better?

Photo Credit: ellebangsThere is a common belief that hair parted on the right side makes a person appear more feminine and warmer, while parts on the left give the impression of greater masculinity and competence. Researchers tested this assumption across three studies with a total of 3,819 participants, using digitally altered photos that kept every aspect of a person’s picture the same, except for the hair style. In all studies, hair part location did not significantly influence perceptions of appearance. This was true for both women and men, and for a variety of expressions (e.g., neutral, smiling). Ultimately it appears that how you part your hair does not have a meaningful influence on your appearance.

Frimer, J. A. (2018). Does the left hair part look better (or worse) than the right? Social Psychological and Personality Science. Online first March 23, 2018. doi.org/10.1177/1948550618762500 

Tuesday
Mar272018

What Did I Do Wrong? Understanding Relationship Betrayal

By Dr. Dylan Selterman - University of Maryland

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Think back to a time when you felt betrayed. What did the person do? Did they confess? How did you feel? Why do you think you felt that way?

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Thursday
Mar222018

External Stress and Relationship Satisfaction Does Everyone React the Same?: Relationship Matters Podcast 60

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 60 “Who suffers from stress? Action-state orientation moderates the effect of external stress on relationship satisfaction: Dr Sabine Backes from the University of Zurich discusses her recent article which explores how stress plays out in relationships; comparing the different impacts of external stress on relationships of action-orientated and state-oriented people. Read the associated article here

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Thursday
Mar152018

Anticipating Change and Relationship Quality: Relationship Matters Podcast 59

Relationship Matters Podcast Number 59 “People they are a changin’: the links between anticipating change and romantic relationship quality”: Anika Cloutier from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada discusses how people’s relationships change over time; and how anticipating a future where themselves and their partner either both change in a similar way, or both stay the same can enable a higher relationship quality between them. Read the associated article here.

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Tuesday
Mar132018

Feeling like a Family: Turning Points in Step-Families

By Jennifer Harman Ph.D. - Colorado State University

Adventures in Blending: Memoirs of Mixing Families

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After the Consultant and I moved our families in together, his youngest daughter (who I will refer to as #3 due to her birth order in our blended brood) started to attend the same elementary school as my two boys. I picked up my sons from school one day during a week when the Consultant’s kids were with their mother. While walking past us and after saying hello, a friend of #3’s asked, “who were they?” Her response was “they are my step-brothers.” My mouth dropped. Over the next several months, we then heard all of the children refer to each other as stepsiblings, without prompting or being instructed to do so. The Consultant and I were touched to say the least.

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Thursday
Mar082018

The Couple Who Diets Together: How Your Partner Influences Your Weight Loss

 

Photo Credit: TVline.com“What should we do for dinner tonight, honey?”

Chances are you regularly factor your partner into many of your typical daily activities. The two of you have likely fallen into some lifestyle patterns together, for better or worse. One pattern likely focuses on choices around food consumption, mealtimes, snacking, physical activity level, and other lifestyle behaviors impacting weight. What happens when one partner in a relationship wants to change something in him or herself that could potentially disrupt established relationship patterns? For example, let’s say one partner decides to make changes in an effort to lose weight. How might one partner’s dietary changes affect related lifestyle behaviors in the other partner?

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