Archive for March, 2016

Single Mothers Don’t Always Stay Poor

If you imagine a single woman having a baby around 1980, what do you think her life has been like since? By the time that child became an adult, was the mother any better off than she had been when the child was born? In an articlepublished late last month in Demography, Matthew Painter, Adrianne Frech, and Kristi Williams challenge what they say “is often an oversimplified picture of single mothers as more impoverished and less educated than women with a marital first birth.” The part that is oversimplified is assuming that single mothers necessarily stay poor: Painter and his co-authors show that women who have nonmarital first births gain assets (not debt) over time.

Single Mothers Don’t Always Stay Poor

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There’s a lot of pressure associated with texting a new match — something as simple as “LOL” may be the reason you never hear from him again. Even a certain amount of exclamation points seem to tick people off nowadays!

So, where exactly do we draw the line? Should you really go back and correct that tiny typo, or play it cool?



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Health and Well-Being by Religious Affiliation

R. David Haywood of the University of Michigan and his colleagues found that religious affiliation (note: not “religious attendance”—a much more accurate indicator of religion’s benefits) is especially beneficial for psychological functioning. Read the study here.


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Effects of Divorce on Children’s Health

Research analysis published in The Family in America challenges the claim that children do not suffer long-term consequences from their parents’ divorce. Read the brief and dig deeper into the research.


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Single Parents Are the Most Sleep Deprived

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, single mothers, followed by single fathers, are most likely to have trouble falling and staying asleep. Read the report here, and learn about some other challenges single parents face.


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Against the Sticker Chart

After working with thousands of families over my years as a family psychologist, I’ve found that one of the most common predicaments parents face is how to get kids to do what they’re asked. And one of the most common questions parents ask is about tools they can use to help them achieve this goal.



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Share in housework

Powerful video encourages men to #ShareTheLoad when it comes to housework

In the two-minute detergent brand video, a grandpa playing with his grandson watches as his harried daughter returns from work and immediately launches into household chores.

His son-in-law, meanwhile, remains on the couch sipping tea, as mom rushes from the kitchen to the washing machine, all while dealing with an office emergency on her phone.

The campaign, produced by BBDO Worldwide for the detergent brand Ariel India, has gone viral, with some help from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

“[It shows] how stereotypes hurt all of us and are passed from generation to generation,” the “Lean In” author wrote.

“When little girls and boys play house they model their parents’ behavior; this doesn’t just impact their childhood games, it shapes their long-term dreams.”


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In recent years, research has flourished on long-married couples, with attention to the complex ways that marital support and strain affect both partners’ health, happiness, and even cognitive functioning. Due in part to the collection of large sample survey data sets that obtain information from husbands and wives over time, researchers are moving away from studies that focus on just one partner’s appraisal of the marriage, and instead look at the ways both partners’ marital experiences affect their own and one another’s health.

See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/02/importance-long-term-marriage-health/#sthash.H9QVN7L8.dpuf

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Effects of Divorce on Children’s Sexual Activity

Sharon Sassler of Cornell University and her coauthors show that sexual relationships among young adults in the U.S. are frequently short-lived. Find out how the family structure in which these young adults were raised affects these transitory relationships.



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Effects of Religious Practice on Marriage

There are many indications that the combination of religious practice and stable marital relationships contributes to a strong and successful next generation. Social science shows that stable marriage is associated with improved physical, intellectual, mental, and emotional health of men, women, and children, and equips them with the values and habits that promote prosperous economic activity.1) Religious practice is also related to positive outcomes for the stability and quality of marriage.



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