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Publication Title: 
Journal of Adolescence

Theoretical and empirical research has shown that adolescent romantic relationships are associated with a wide range of developmental outcomes, including adverse consequences. The present study used a hierarchical linear model to examine the moderating effect of classroom romantic context on the association between adolescent romantic relationships and adjustment problems. Data were collected from 4776 Chinese adolescents across 106 classes and from 47 schools. The participants' ages ranged from 12 to 18 years.

Author(s): 
Hou, Jinqin
Natsuaki, Misaki N.
Zhang, Jianxin
Guo, Fei
Huang, Zheng
Wang, Mianbo
Chen, Zhiyan
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Numerous studies have shown that being able to resolve and recover from conflicts is of key importance for relationship satisfaction and stability in adults. Less is known about the importance of these relationship dynamics in adolescent romantic relationships. Therefore, this study investigated whether conflict resolution and recovery predict breakups in middle adolescent couples. Couples who are able to resolve and recover from conflict were expected to demonstrate a lower probability of breaking up.

Author(s): 
Ha, Thao
Overbeek, Geertjan
Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Anna
Engels, Rutger C. M. E.
Publication Title: 
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Empathic communication between couples plays an important role in relationship quality and individual well-being and research has pointed to the role of oxytocin in providing the neurobiological substrate for pair-bonding and empathy. Here, we examined links between genetic variability on the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) and empathic behaviour at the initiation of romantic love.

Author(s): 
Schneiderman, Inna
Kanat-Maymon, Yaniv
Ebstein, Richard P.
Feldman, Ruth
Publication Title: 
Archives of Sexual Behavior

This mixed methods study aimed to examine partner and relationship characteristics associated with HIV risk among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). A sub-sample of YMSM (18-25†years) who were involved in serious relationships with other men were recruited from two on-going longitudinal studies, Project Q2 and Crew450 (N†=†20 couples). The mean age of the dyadic sample was 22.5†years (SD†=†5.33, range 18-46†years) and participants were racially and ethnically diverse, with the largest percentage of the sample identifying as African American (47.5†%), followed by Hispanic (20†%).

Author(s): 
Greene, George J.
Andrews, Rebecca
Kuper, Laura
Mustanski, Brian
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice

BACKGROUND: Falling in love is a universal human behavior. Studies indicate that both adolescents and adults experience romantic love (RL) and emotional states of joy and happiness. However, there is evidence that among adolescents RL is also associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety, but no data on these associations are available for adults. The aim of the present study was therefore to explore the associations between RL, symptoms of depression, anxiety, hypomania, and sleep among a sample of Iranian adults.

Author(s): 
Bajoghli, Hafez
Keshavarzi, Zahra
Mohammadi, Mohammad-Reza
Schmidt, Norman B.
Norton, Peter J.
Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith
Brand, Serge
Publication Title: 
Journal of Affective Disorders

The present study aimed at investigating the possible changes of some features of loving relationships during long-term treatment of depression with both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclics (TCAs), by means of a specifically designed test, the so-called "Sex, Attachment, Love" (SALT) questionnaire.

Author(s): 
Marazziti, Donatella
Akiskal, Hagop S.
Udo, Mieko
Picchetti, Michela
Baroni, Stefano
Massimetti, Gabriele
Albanese, Francesco
Dell'Osso, Liliana
Publication Title: 
Journal of Homosexuality

Across the United States there has been a spate of legislative bills and initiatives that blatantly stigmatize and discriminate against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This study was a cross-sectional, exploratory survey designed to measure the attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of Tennessee social workers and future social workers toward the LGBT population and toward proposed discriminatory legislation. A 3-way factorial ANOVA investigated the effects of political affiliation, religious affiliation, and social contact on the dependent measures.

Author(s): 
Lennon-Dearing, Robin
Delavega, Elena
Publication Title: 
Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress

Residential Vipassana meditation courses, which teach mindfulness skills, are widely available globally but under-evaluated. This study examined effects of a standardized, community-based Vipassana course, on subjective stress, well-being, self-kindness and trait mindfulness in a community sample. Participants completed self-report measures of these variables at pre-course and post-course (n?=?122), and outcomes were compared to a control group of early enrollers (EEs) (n?=?50) who completed measures at parallel time points before course commencement.

Author(s): 
Szekeres, Roberta A.
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traumatic Stress

U.S. combat veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have elevated rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to the general population. Self-compassion, characterized by self-kindness, a sense of common humanity when faced with suffering, and mindful awareness of suffering, is a potentially modifiable factor implicated in the development and maintenance of PTSD.

Author(s): 
Hiraoka, Regina
Meyer, Eric C.
Kimbrel, Nathan A.
DeBeer, Bryann B.
Gulliver, Suzy Bird
Morissette, Sandra B.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Youth development programs, such as the Boy Scouts of America, aim to develop positive attributes in youth (e.g., character virtues, prosocial behaviors, and positive civic actions), which are necessary for individuals and societies to flourish. However, few developmental studies have focused on how specific positive attributes develop through participation in programs such as the Boy Scouts of America.

Author(s): 
Wang, Jun
Ferris, Kaitlyn A.
Hershberg, Rachel M.
Lerner, Richard M.

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