The effects of dating violence has been known to stretch on for years…

The aftermath young women face after being victims of dating violence has been known to stretch on for years.

New research suggests many of those women will also experience less education and lower earnings compared to women who weren’t abused.

Conducted at Michigan State University, the first-of-its-kind study appears in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Lead researcher Adrienne Adams, who is an assistant professor of psychology, has previously worked in a shelter that housed victims of domestic violence.

She and her colleagues examined survey data from roughly 500 single mothers for their report.

The participants who indicated having been victims of dating violence were found to have received significantly less education on average.

From her experience working with such victims, Adams points out that earning potential can sometimes play a role in perpetuating more violence.

“It was woman after woman coming into the shelter trying to find a job and a house she could afford – trying to reestablish life on her own,” she said. “Many women would end up going back to their abusive relationship because they couldn’t make it on their own financially.”

The study reports that for every year of education gained among the participants, it represented an additional $855 in annual earnings, or in most cases, more than 10 percent.

On average, the participants earned less than $7,000 annually and averaged 32 years of age.

“Providing educational and career-development support for women who are abused seems like an obvious choice in terms of societal investment,” Adams said.


Are Men More Impulsive?

It’s long been established in films and TV shows that men are the ones more likely to give in to temptation.

Now experts are saying that depiction could be based on reality.

In two new studies conducted by Paul Eastwick, of the University of Texas-Austin, and Natasha Tidwell, of Texas A&M University, men were found to be more likely to succumb to temptation, with researchers identifying the problem as one of impulse strength.

While both genders “did not differ in their intentional control attempts,” the men were found to ultimately “give in” more often.

In one study, 70 men and 148 women were asked to describe an experience where they were attracted to someone who they believed would be inappropriate to pursue.

They were quizzed on the level of temptation they experienced, how much they tried to resist and whether or not they were successful.

In the second study, 326 men and 274 women were shown a series of photos of potential mates labeled either “good for you” or “bad for you.”

The researchers found men frequently hesitated more in identifying a subject as “bad for you” when she was considered physically attractive.

Men were also much more likely to hesitate on the pictures of the more attractive women because they “experienced a much stronger impulse to ‘accept’ the desirable partners rather than the undesirable partners.”



Yes, Your bedroom can reveal what kind of relationship you have…

How you keep your bedroom can reveal what kind of relationship you have, according to new research by the University of Texas.

Led by researcher Lindsey Graham, the study shows the surroundings we choose affects us on a practical and psychological level.

Working with UT psychology professor Sam Gosling, Graham set out to explore what our choices might mean and how they reflect the quality of our relationships.

For the research, extensive photography was captured of bedroom environments, including 360-degree images and tight shots to capture details.

Researchers were looking at everything from book titles to music collections.

The space was also rated on different factors like coziness, color scheme, the emotional feel of the space and its suitability for relaxation, leisure or romance.

Graham points to a common trend spotted early on – framed photos of what she calls “couple-centric events.” Often these include weddings, past dates or trips together.

“We have noticed that photos seem to be quite important in spaces,” she said. “Couples seem to be all or nothing — meaning that they tend to either have no photos at all or lots of them.”

“Each of the items you display in your spaces can potentially broadcast something about your identity,” Graham added. “Some items owe their presence to making ‘identity claims’ – that is, sending deliberate signals about your values, goals, preferences, etc. to others.”

Graham says her findings are still preliminary as she examines the data further.

The researchers are also interested in the so-called “man cave” and finding out how couples carve out a unique personal space for themselves when living together.


The efficacy of psychological interventions for people with sexual dysfunction…

As you know we mostly use either psychological or medico-pharmacotherapy approached to treat sexual disorders.

A study reviewing the research from 1980 to 2009 has been carried out to examine the efficacy of psychological interventions for people with sexual dysfunction. Because, psychological interventions are promising treatment options, as sexual dysfunction is frequently caused by and deteriorates because of psychological factors.

A total of 20 randomized controlled studies comparing a psychological intervention with a wait-list were included in the meta-analysis.

Psychological interventions were shown to especially improve symptom severity for women with low sexual desire and orgasmic disorder.

In conclusion, the authors announce that psychological interventions are effective treatment options for sexual dysfunction. However, the success rate could be different from one sexual dysfunction to the other. To read the whole research article click here.


Are men more interested in physical beauty than women?

It turns out movies and television may have had it right all along, portraying men as more interested in physical beauty than women.

However, a new study reveals the accuracy of some longstanding stereotypes may not end there.

The research, which was led by Norman Li, an associate professor of psychology at Singapore Management University, and Oliver Sng, a doctoral psychology student at Arizona State University, was conducted using speed dates and online chats, wherein participants where later asked to rate their interest in prospective partners.

This study differed from earlier research by including men and women with different social standings and levels of physical attractiveness.

Men were found to reject women who were categorized as having low physical attractiveness more so than women did.

However, when it came to social standing, women returned the favor. They were more likely to dismiss a man based on his position in society.

Researchers found the way in which people ranked their preferences beforehand actually predicted the choices they made later.

“They prioritize different qualities when screening each other in online chats and speed dates – women want men who are at least average in social status while men want women who are at least moderately physically attractive,” Li said.

He added the research is “the first to demonstrate that what individuals say they value in potential mates is indeed reflected in how they actually choose them in initial mating situations.”

The results were consistent with earlier research by Li, also suggesting women prioritize a moderate social standing in a potential long-term partner while men prioritize physical attractiveness.