Interpersonal Relationships

Publication Title: 
Psychological Science

Reading other people's eyes is a valuable skill during interpersonal interaction. Although a number of studies have investigated visual patterns in relation to the perceiver's interest, intentions, and goals, little is known about eye gaze when it comes to differentiating intentions to love from intentions to lust (sexual desire).

Author(s): 
Bolmont, Mylene
Cacioppo, John T.
Cacioppo, Stephanie
Publication Title: 
Psychological Science

What influences how people feel about and behave toward their romantic partners? Extending beyond features of the partners, relationship experiences, and social context, the current research examines whether benign, relationship-irrelevant factors-such as one's somatic experiences-can influence relationship perceptions and interpersonal behavior. Drawing on the embodiment literature, we propose that experiencing physical instability can undermine perceptions of relationship stability.

Author(s): 
Forest, Amanda L.
Kille, David R.
Wood, Joanne V.
Stehouwer, Lindsay R.
Publication Title: 
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

The present study tested a theoretical model of the relationship between meditative prayer and interpersonal forgiveness with hope and adult attachment as mediator variables. Results supported the proposed multiple mediation model as determined by multiple measures of model fit with the data. Significant direct effects were observed between meditative prayer and hope, hope and adult attachment, and adult attachment and forgiveness. A significant total indirect effect was found between meditative prayer and forgiveness.

Author(s): 
Jankowski, Peter J.
Sandage, Steven J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Family Psychology

Partner-focused petitionary prayer (PFPP) has received little attention in the prayer literature. In two studies, we examine PFPP to see whether it is uniquely important in conveying relationship benefits, whether its benefits are transmitted through an effect on relationship satisfaction, and whether one’s own or the partner’s PFPP is central to beneficial effects.

Author(s): 
Fincham, Frank D.
H, R.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Important progress has been made in substantially reducing, if not eliminating, the most egregious threats against children. However, the tasks of child protection and family support have become much more difficult. Whether for the families that are the most chronically vulnerable and needy or for those who face great challenges and who do so alone, the resources that are the most potent are apt to be beyond the reach of Child Protective Services and even human service agencies altogether.

Author(s): 
Melton, Gary B.
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