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2011-06-02 13:33:35

They are also more likely to struggle with anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem and sadness Children whose parents get divorced generally don't experience detrimental setbacks in the pre-divorce period, but often fall behind their peers"”and don't catch up"”when it comes to math and interpersonal social skills after their parents begin the divorce process, according to a new study. In addition, the study, which appears in the June issue of the American Sociological Review, finds...

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2011-03-22 08:45:17

Mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf -- they may be bad for your arteries, but according to an upcoming study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, they're good for your heart and emotions. The study focuses on "comfort food" and how it makes people feel. "For me personally, food has always played a big role in my family," says Jordan Troisi, a graduate student at the University of Buffalo, and lead author on the study. The study came out...

2010-09-08 14:04:17

Better loneliness interventions sought to reduce its harmful effects on health Changing how a person perceives and thinks about others was the most effective intervention for loneliness, a sweeping analysis of previous research has determined. The findings may help physicians and psychologists develop better treatments for loneliness, a known risk factor for heart disease and other health problems. Recently, researchers have characterized the negative influence of loneliness upon blood...

2010-07-15 15:48:42

Contrary to Leo Tolstoy's famous observation that "happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," a new psychology study confirms that unhappy families, in fact, are unhappy in two distinct ways. And these dual patterns of unhealthy family relationships lead to a host of specific difficulties for children during their early school years. "Families can be a support and resource for children as they enter school, or they can be a source of stress, distraction,...

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2010-06-20 08:30:00

Two UA studies have found that hoarding friends doesn't necessarily diminish forlorn feelings and that loneliness is a matter of perception. If attempting to stave off loneliness, having an in with the local barista, being in touch with dozens of former classmates and having hundreds of Twitter followers does not carry much clout if those relationships come without a strong connection. Two newly published University of Arizona studies suggest that superficial relationships can not only result...

2010-04-29 06:45:00

CARSON CITY, Nev., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Why do women stay in abusive relationships? First-time author Josee Perrine, M.A. MFT, believes she has the definitive answer in her new book, "The Saber-Toothed Tiger: The One Reason Women Stay With Abusive Men." In a 2004 nationwide poll*, 43 percent of respondents believed abused women stay in their relationships out of fear that the abuser will find them; another 28 percent thought that access to the abuser's income was the reason these...

2010-03-17 16:24:53

Chronic feelings of loneliness take a toll on blood pressure over time, causing a marked increase after four years, according to a new study at the University of Chicago. A new study shows, for the first time, a direct relation between loneliness and larger increases in blood pressure four years later"”a link that is independent of age and other factors that could cause blood pressure to rise, including body-mass index, smoking, alcohol use and demographic differences such as race and...

2009-12-01 12:22:44

People who feel lonely spread that feeling to others Loneliness, like a bad cold, can spread among groups of people, research at the University of Chicago, the University of California-San Diego and Harvard shows. Using longitudinal data from a large-scale study that has been following health conditions for more than 60 years, a team of scholars found that lonely people tend to share their loneliness with others. Gradually over time, a group of lonely, disconnected people moves to the fringes...

2009-08-02 21:29:07

Isolation and loneliness drive many elderly people to shoplift and many juveniles see shoplifting as a game, research conducted by Tokyo police indicated. Japanese law enforcement has seen a rapid rise in shoplifting by the elderly. The number of elderly people convicted of theft in 2007 was 31,573 -- a three-fold increase over 1998. Tokyo police surveyed 1,050 people involved in shoplifting cases between April 20 and June 30, the Kyodo news agency reported. Police said they found, out of a...

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2009-04-23 09:12:00

Not all technology meets human needs, and some technologies provide only the illusion of having met your needs. But new research by psychologists at the University at Buffalo and Miami University, Ohio, indicates that illusionary relationships with the characters and personalities on favorite TV shows can provide people with feelings of belonging, even in the face of low self esteem or after being rejected by friends or family members. The findings are described in four studies published in...


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'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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