(Reposted from The Psychology of Human Sexuality) In 1972, a paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology announced scientific support for the so-called “Romeo and Juliet effect." The basic idea was that the more parents try to interfere in a couple’s … [Read more...] about Questioning The Romeo And Juliet Effect: Is Parental Interference Good Or Bad For A Relationship?
In the 32nd installment of SAGE’s Relationship Matters podcast, hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, Amy Moors (University of Michigan) discusses her research on consensual non-monogamy (an umbrella term that refers to polyamory, swinging, and … [Read more...] about Consensual Non-Monogamy and Attachment Avoidance: Relationship Matters Podcast 32
A reader asked: Is it true that girls who have more guy friends than girl friends are less likely to have anxiety and depression? What does research say about girls who have more guy friends than girl friends? Interesting question. Before I respond in more detail, I’ll cut to … [Read more...] about Cross-Sex Friendships: Hazardous to Your Mental Health?
Katherine submitted the following question: I have always wondered about research behind the topic of being friends with benefits (with strict rules of no kissing, no hugging, just sex, and only sex), and if they have the same benefits as sex within a committed relationship … [Read more...] about Can A Friends With Benefits Relationship Provide The Same “Benefits” As A Committed Relationship?
When it comes to casual, uncommitted, non-emotional sex, there is a strong gender stereotype: men are more interested in doing it (literally) than women. We have covered research examining this phenomenon—on the surface, it appears as though men are much more excited about … [Read more...] about “Would You Go To Bed With Me Tonight?”: Stigma and the Sexual Double Standard