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Timing Matters: Patterns of Emotion Dynamics Between Mothers and Children During Adolescence

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By Alexandra Main

Adolescence is a time period when a children’s relationships with their parents can undergo transformations that increase conflict and negative emotion (Laursen & Collins, 2009). To better understand how these conflicts are managed, my colleagues and I analyzed the emotion dynamics—i.e., the patterns of emotional exchange between parents and adolescents—during conflict discussions.

Equality Makes Same-Sex Couples Happy

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Want to improve your marriage or close romantic relationship? If you’re straight, you may want to take a few pointers from same-sex couples.

People with History of Casual Sex May Struggle More in Committed Relationships

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Although sex is a central feature of committed, romantic relationships, some people desire uncommitted, “no strings attached” sex, which can spell trouble for their marriages.

Think You Love Your Valentine? What’s Beneath the Surface may Be More Complicated

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Valentine cards are filled with expressions of unequivocal adoration and appreciation. That’s fitting for the holiday set aside to express love and reaffirm commitment to one’s romantic partner.

But what if there’s more going on below the surface of these adoring declarations? How might thoughts and feelings that people are not even aware of shape their romantic relationships?

Protecting Me, Harming Us? Why Individuals of Lower Socioeconomic Status May Experience Lower Romantic Relationship Quality

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Economic inequality runs rampant in the United States and, if anything, is getting worse with time. Not only do individuals of lower socioeconomic backgrounds occupy disadvantaged positions in society with less access to resources, but they also face challenges in the private realm of their romantic relationships. But why do low socioeconomic status (SES) individuals generally experience lower romantic relationship quality compared to their high SES counterparts?

Bridging the “Liking-Gap,” Researchers Discuss the Awkwardness of Conversations

Portland, OR - Conversations are fundamental to relationships and wellbeing, but they often leave people feeling anxious, uncertain, and socially excluded. Social and personality psychologists will present their latest findings on how people engage in casual conversations, and what this means for our own performance anxiety.

Fan the FLAME to Maintain the Spark

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The early days of romantic relationships are like a blazing fire: partners share a great deal of passion, have high levels of sexual desire, and engage in sex frequently. But partners’ sex lives may change as their relationships progress, with sexual frequency and desire often waning over time. Although this is a common experience in long-term relationships, it is not without its consequences: partners’ low or mismatched sexual desire is linked to more thoughts about breaking up, as well as lower sexual and relationship satisfaction.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI January 11, 2019

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Welcome 2019. We're back with our weekly roundup of news, blogs, and tweets. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. 

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI January 4, 2019

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Bias, relationships, and resolutions dominate our first roundup of 2019.

Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. We'll kick things off again in January.

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