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Validation may be best way to support stressed out friends and family

Mar 27, 2020

In uncertain times, supporting your friends and family can help them make it through. But your comforting words can have different effects based on how you phrase them, according to new Penn State research. The researchers studied how people responded to a variety of different messages offering…

Underemployment affects African American parents and their relationships

Feb 12, 2020

Penn State researchers have found that perceived underemployment among African American parents may have an effect on their careers, their mental and physical health, and their relationships. Conducted by Xiaoran Sun, former Penn State graduate student in human development and family studies and…

How husbands perceive their wives’ weight may affect later marriage satisfaction

Nov 22, 2019

Husbands may want to pay careful attention to the messages they send about their wives' weight, according to new research that suggests a husband’s perception of his wife being overweight may predict a decrease in her marital satisfaction. In a study, Penn State researchers examined the…

Why Social Science? - Because Social Science Is a Form of Service that Improves Quality of Life for People Around the World

Aug 29, 2019

By Arthur Lupia, PhD, Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation  If you are reading these words, chances are you are a social scientist or someone who cares about social science. Either way, I am grateful to you and everyone who devotes…

Tight-knit teammates may conform to each other's behavior

Aug 31, 2018

Good relationships between teammates are essential to a team’s success, but athletes who feel more closely connected to their teammates may also be more likely to be swayed by their fellow players’ behavior. In a study with NCAA athletes, researchers found that the more closely a player identified…
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Love hurts: Spats with spouse may worsen chronic pain, other symptoms

May 15, 2018

A fight with a spouse may end in hurt feelings, but for those with chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes, those arguments may have physical repercussions as well, according to researchers. They found that in two groups of older individuals — one group with arthritis and one with diabetes —…

Parents may help prep kids for healthier, less violent relationships

May 2, 2018

Warm, nurturing parents may pass along strategies for building and maintaining positive relationships to their kids, setting them up for healthier, less-violent romantic relationships as young adults, according to researchers. Researchers found that when adolescents reported a positive family…