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Young Couples Prefer Cohabitation to Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been already known for some time that fewer and fewer individuals are willing to get married, and a new research just confirmed how much the marriage rate has dropped down in the last century. According to a new Family Profile from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green University, the marriage rate in the United States is continuing its decades-long downward slide,

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Marriage And Education Could Help Childhood Maltreatment Victims Recover

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the researchers from the University of Washington's School of Social Work, the long-term consequences of childhood maltreatment, though proven to leave a victim with both visible and invisible scarring, can be combated with some protective factors, which, in turn can improve the health of victims during their adult years. While some adult individuals choose to live their lives rooted in the past, v

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Divorced People Can Give The Best Marriage Advice

By Margarita Nahapetyan Want to get a good marriage advice and stay happily wedded? Ask a divorced friend for help, suggests Terri Orbuch, PhD., a psychologist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and a professor of sociology at Oakland University. Dr. Orbuch, who is also a family and marriage therapist and an author of five books on relationships, known as "The Love Doctor," conducted a long-term project

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People With Low Incomes Marry Less But Divorce More

By Margarita Nahapetyan Individuals with lower incomes and lower socioeconomic status value the institution of marriage just as much as their counterparts with higher incomes and have the same romantic standards for marriage. However, when compared to those with higher socioeconomic status, low-income populations in the United States have lower marriage rates and higher divorce rates, a new study has revealed. According to the researc

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Marriage and Divorce Associated with Gaining Extra Pounds

By Margarita Nahapetyan Marriage and divorce are linked to weight gain among both women and men, and especially those who are over age 30, found U.S. sociologists. However, when it comes to gaining a lot of extra pounds, the effects of marital transitions turn out to be very different for gentlemen than they are for ladies. Dmitry Tumin, a study's lead author and doctoral student in sociology, and Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, D

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Marriage Boosts Women's Mental and Men's Physical Health

By Margarita Nahapetyan Both men and women can benefit from marriage, claim British experts, suggesting that stable, long-term committed relationships boost women's mental health and men's physical health. David and John Gallacher from the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, analyzed nearly 150 published studies into the benefits of marriage, and came to the conclusion that the reason men benefit physically when married is

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Is Cohabitation Better Than Marriage?

By Margarita Nahapetyan When it comes to comparing the overall well being of married couples versus cohabiting Valentines, those who are married have just few advantages in psychological well being, health and social ties, according to a study, titled "Re-examining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-being." The Cornell University researchers, led by Kelly Musick, associate professor of policy analysis and manag

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Divorce Could Be Predicted By The Way Married Couples Fight

By Margarita Nahapetyan Disagreements and arguments are quite common among married couples, even among those who are very happy in their relationships. However, conflicts can be approached in different ways, and the style the couples use when they fight may have an impact on their happiness in the long run. In other words, conflict patterns can predict divorce, a University of Michigan study has found. Commenting on the new findings,

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Why Young People Don't Rush To Marry? They Fear Divorce

By Margarita Nahapetyan U.S. demographers have finally found out what prevents many young couples in the United States to take the plunge and get married these days. The reason is simple- they fear divorce. With the share of married individuals at an all-time low in the USA, the new research by Cornell University and the University of Central Oklahoma scientists came to the conclusion that among cohabitating partners, nearly 70 per ce

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Happiness In Marriage Linked to Balance and Stability In Life

By Margarita Nahapetyan Married people are more likely to be happier in the long run when compared to their single counterparts, according to U.S. scientists from Michigan State University. The new findings, published online in the Journal of Research in Personality, suggest that although matrimony is not a guarantee for a blissful life and does not make people happier than they used to be when they were single, it may provide a prote

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Marriage Positively Affects Men's Behavior

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been known for a long time that married men, when compared to single ones, are more responsible, work more, make more money, are less aggressive and are less likely to get involved in something illegal. However, it remained unclear whether it is the marriage itself that is responsible for turning antisocial men into well-behaved husbands, or whether fewer antisocial men get married. The answer, according to a Michigan State Univ

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Education Can Boost Women's Chances of Getting Married

By Margarita Nahapetyan NYU Sociologists Paula England and Jonathan Bearak claim that college-educated ladies these days are as likely to get married as their less educated counterparts, even if the nuptials happen at an older age. A new report, which has been prepared for the Council on Contemporary families and is based on a national sample of people who were born between 1958 and 1965, contradicts previously dominating idea that w

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Modern Brides Don't Care About Husband's Money

By Margarita Nahapetyan Many women these days are "marrying down" rather than "marrying up" or, in other words, they opt for husbands from their own social class or lower, a new British study of marriages by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has found. The research, which had been carried out for the last 40 years and analyzed how women's aspirations have been changing throughout decades, came to the conclusion that men

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Cohabitation Before Marriage Not Linked To Divorce

By Margarita Nahapetyan The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a marriage survey and found that living together before getting married is not necessarily a factor of poor chances for a successful and happy matrimonial unit later. There used to be a common belief that cohabitation before tying the knot is associated with extra risk of divorce, but now the government experts say that this is not a case anymore. Accord

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The Feelings of Love

Excerpted from The First Years of Forever By Ed Wheat, M.D. As newlyweds or an engaged couple, you undoubtedly qualify as experts on the feelings of love. Since few parents today are in the business of arranging marriages, most couples marry because the feelings of love draw them together in an almost irresistible fashion. You know for yourself the euphoric wonder of new loveā€”the magic, the mystery, the miraculous sense of well-being (often described as walking on air)

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Materialistic Couples Less Happy In Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan Married couples who dwell too much on money and possessions could harm their marriage, says a new study suggesting that people who prioritize money are less likely to be satisfied in their matrimonial units. In a research conducted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, scientists found that materialism in a person was linked to lower levels of responsiveness to the spouse, as well as less emotional maturi

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Financial Infidelity Increases During Recession

By Margarita Nahapetyan One in every four married people in the United States would not tell their spouse if they were having financial problems, found a poll conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). The survey's goal was to give an idea of how married couples deal with financial difficulties in a period of bad economy and recession. According to study respondents, the reason for some of them to keep a secret

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Material Wealth Increases Marriage Odds

By Margarita Nahapetyan Individuals who have no personal wealth such as financial assets or a vehicle are significantly less likely to get married, researchers from the United States reported this week. Statistics have demonstrated that for the past few decades, most people in America have been starting a family later in life and that they are becoming more likely to give up the idea of getting married altogether. Between 1970 and 200

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Relationships Made Easy: How to Solve Conflicts, Save Your Marriage

Excerpted from We Can Work It Out; How to Solve Conflicts, Save Your Marriage By C. Notarius, Howard Markman Do you remember when you were first getting to know your partner? Most of us have very fond memories of these times. Think about how the two of you met, out of all the people in the world. When was the first time you saw each other? The first time you spoke? What was the first "date" like? The first time you kissed? Made love? Even if thi

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Have You Found The Keys To Her Heart?

Excerpted from Every Man's Marriage: An Every Man's Guide to Winning the Heart of a Woman By Stephen Arterburn I don't know whether this is true in your part of the country, but in Southern California where I live, bagel shops and cell phone stores (and almost any business) will hire a guy to stand on the sidewalk and hold a sign advertising the store. Most signs arc painted in garish red and shaped like an arrow, figuratively pointing you toward the best deal on a doze

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Anti-Actions, Fake Limits, and Other Ways Your Brain Betrays You

Excerpted from Stop Saying You're Fine: Discover a More Powerful You By Mel Robbins There's a battle going on in your brain, and it's keeping you from getting what you want. To win any fight you have to know what you are up against and how to fight back. Your brain is a formidable opponent and it fights dirty. At crucial moments throughout your day, your brain is putting the brake on your desire for action and inserting thoughts and feelings in order to keep you from mo

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Fear of Relationship

Excerpted from I Will Never Leave You: How Couples Can Achieve The Power Of Lasting Love By Hugh Prather, Gayle Prather During the seventies and eighties, as crisis intervention counselors and as ministers, we married couples, ran groups for couples, counseled couples individually, and gave workshops on relationships throughout the country. Our children always traveled with us, but they eventually reached an age when they had lives of their own and wanted to stay at hom

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Adult Children as Husbands, Wives, and Lovers

Excerpted from Adult Children as Husbands, Wives, and Lovers By Steven Farmer, M.A., M.F.C.C. Love, Sweat and Tears How would you like to have a truly fulfilling relationship, one in which you can really be yourself, one that is supportive and energizing, where love and tenderness are expressed easily and occasional conflict is accepted as part of the deal? How would you like to be in a relationship where you and your partner truly are friends,

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Marriage: The Ten-Minute Exercise Menu

Excerpted from The Ten-Minute Marriage Principle: Quick, Daily Steps for Refreshing Your Relationship By Douglas Weiss, Ph.D. So that you, too, can enjoy the results of the Ten-Minute Marriage Principle, I have put together a menu of exercises. Each exercise is designed to stimulate your marriage. Each exercise is unique, so you can pick and choose what makes sense for you to do at this time in your relationship. In my work with couples for many

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Younger Wife - Key To A Happy Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the experts from the Geneva School of Business, marring a younger woman who belongs to the same cultural background could increase a couple's chances for a long and happy marriage by a fifth. One couple that seems to serve as a model is the Queen of England and Duke of Edinburgh. At the age of 83 years, Queen Elisabeth is four years and 10 months younger than her husband prince Philip and they shar

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