Despite oxytocin nasal sprays being touted as a potential panacea to save broken relationships, researchers say it's highly unlikely to work. Nasal oxytocin does have benefits for the treatment of ASD and depression.
Adults who share a bed with their partners sleep better than those who sleep alone. Researchers found bed-sharing was associated with a lower risk of depression and stress, and improved quality of life and relationships. However, sharing a bed with a child was associated with more stress.
Cannabis users are less aware of unhealthy behaviors they exhibit, including using demands, criticisms, and being avoidant, when in a relationship conflict.
Women who hug their partners before a stressful event have a lower biological stress response and reduced cortisol levels compared to women who do not embrace their partners.
Couples who share positive experiences marked with humor and affection, and whose heart rates sync up, enjoy better health outcomes and live longer than couples who are more quarrelsome.
Women may alter their own sexual behavior in an effort to protect their male partner's perceived sense of manhood. Researchers found women who perceived their partner's masculinity as more fragile tended to lower their sexual satisfaction. Additionally, women in relationships with males who they believed to experience "fragile masculinity" reported more anxiety and poorer communication in their relationship.
Researchers report males who transition out of relationships are at higher risk of developing anxiety, depression, and suicide.
Men who spend several years living alone or experience serial relationship breakups are at increased risk of inflammation, a new study reports.
When older couples are close together, their heart rates synchronize in complex patterns of interaction.
Mothers who report estrangement from their adult children report they often believe their ex-husbands, and the current partner of the child is responsible for the break in their relationships. Additionally, some cite mental health problems experienced by their child as a factor for estrangement.