New Research

In many countries around the world, the meaning of marriage has changed dramatically over the past decades. From being an important and even crucial component of a successful life, marriage is increas­ingly seen as one option among many. Nowhere is this more true than in Nordic countries like Sweden, in which most couples experience long cohabitation periods before marriage, and many forego it altogether. Nonetheless, important distinctions remain, and researchers from the University of Stockholm seek to better understand the relationship between couples’ intentions to marry, and whether those intentions become reality.

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Therapists Go Rogue

When Family Rights Are Undermined by Child Protective Services It was a case that should have been on the front page of every major newspaper, or the opening story on every newsfeed—a case that seemed to have more akin to a bad horror flick than to reality. In the spring of 2019, police arrested 18 […]

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A Dwindling Dating Pool

Commentators have noticed for some time now the seeming dearth of “marriageable” men, i.e. the ones with education, employment, and income comparable to women’s. Many factors have been blamed for this trend—lack of economic opportunity, higher rates of female education, a crunched labor market. Now, researchers from Cornell, Brigham Young, and South Utah Universities have joined together for a systematic study of this phenomenon in America.

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Freezing Eggs, Creating False Peace and Social Stratification

December 17, 2019 The Topic: Freezing Eggs, Creating False Peace and Social Stratification The News Story: The Unexpected Freedom That Comes With Freezing Your Eggs The New Research: Freezing Eggs, Indulging in Utopian Fantasies The News Story: The Unexpected Freedom That Comes With Freezing Your Eggs A recent New York Times story on the increasingly popular trend […]

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Downplaying Divorce

December 3, 2019 The Topic: Downplaying Divorce The News Story: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to Improve U.S. Health The New Research: Doctor’s Orders—Intact Parental Marriages for Kids The News Story: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to improve U.S. health The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently issued a press release on new findings detailing […]

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Lonely Hearts Club

November 12, 2019 The Topic: Lonely Hearts Club The News Story: Let’s Wage a War on Loneliness The New Research: Unmarried—And Lonely The media remains fascinated with the practice of cohabitation, and with it the dream that marriage is “becoming outdated” or “evolving.” The latest evidence of this fascination is a Psychology Today post arguing […]

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Real Bullying Prevention

October 29, 2019 The Topic: Real Bullying Prevention The News Story: What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Bullying in Schools? The New Research: The Fatherless Victims of Bullying October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and multiple media stories this month have focused on the ill effects of bullying, how to identify bullies, and strategies […]

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Cohabitation and Financial Well-Being

October 9, 2019 The Topic: Cohabitation and Financial Well-Being The News Story: How Cohabitation Became the Hottest Life-Strategy in Town The New Research: Long-Term Financial Damage The media remains fascinated with the practice of cohabitation, and with it the dream that marriage is “becoming outdated” or “evolving.” The latest evidence of this fascination is a […]

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