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Parents less likely to spank after reading briefly about its links to problems in children

George Holden, SMU, spanking, corporal punishmentSome parents who spank believe it’s an effective way to discipline children. But extensive research has linked spanking to child behavior problems.

New SMU studies found that brief exposure to the research significantly altered parents’ views of spanking. “If we can educate people about corporal punishment, these studies show that we can in a very quick way begin changing attitudes,” said George Holden, SMU psychologist. Continue reading

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Reuters: Physical punishment tied to aggression, hyperactivity

corporal punishment, George Holden, SMUReporter Kathleen Raven with the Reuters wire service bureau in New York quoted SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The article published Jan. 17, “Physical punishment tied to aggression, hyperactivity.”

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, at endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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New York Daily News: Newlyweds’ gut feelings on their marriage are correct — study

Marital satisfaction gut reaction instinctsThe New York Daily news reports on the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “Newlyweds’ gut feelings on their marriage are correct: study,” was published Dec. 2. Continue reading

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Washington Post: Psychology study — Wedded bliss and gut feelings sometimes conflict

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut reactionJournalist Meeri Kim reports in The Washington Post about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “Psychology study: Wedded bliss and gut feelings sometimes conflict,” was published Nov. 28. Continue reading

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The Independent: The key to marital bliss? Use your gut instinct

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut feelingsJournalist Steve Connor reports in The Independent about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was co-author on a four-year longitudinal study of 135 newlywed couples that found that a spouse’s implicit feelings about their partner predicted marital satisfaction later.

The article, “The key to marital bliss? Use your gut instinct,” was published Nov. 28. Continue reading

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Gut reaction of marital partners could foretell their marriage satisfaction

Meltzer marital satisfaction gut reactionUnconscious gut reactions may predict happy, and not-so-happy, marriages, a new study published in the scholarly journal Science suggests. Results of research published Nov. 29 found that spouses’ implicit attitudes toward their partners predicted changes in their marital satisfaction over four years. Andrea L. Meltzer, SMU Department of Psychology, is a co-author on the study. Continue reading

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Business Times: Love And Marriage — Wife’s Attractiveness Essential, Study Says

Andrea Meltzer, attractiveness, SMUJournalist Roxanne Palmer reports in the International Business Times about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found in a four-year longitudinal study of 450 newlywed couples that men with physically attractive wives remained much more satisfied in their marriage than men without physically attractive wives.

The article, “Love And Marriage: Wife’s Attractiveness Essential, Study Says,” was published Nov. 20. Continue reading

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CBS Houston: Study: Men With Attractive Wives More Satisfied In Marriage

Andrea Meltzer, SMU, attractivenessJournalist Benjamin Fearnow reports from CBS Houston about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found in a four-year longitudinal study of 450 newlywed couples that men with physically attractive wives remained much more satisfied in their marriage than men without physically attractive wives.

The article, “Study: Men With Attractive Wives More Satisfied In Marriage,” was published Nov. 20. Continue reading

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UPI: Husbands with hot wife more satisfied, wives not so much

Andrea Meltzer, SMU, marital satisfactionUPI wire service reported about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found in a four-year longitudinal study of 450 newlywed couples that men with physically attractive wives remained much more satisfied in their marriage than men without physically attractive wives.

The article, “Husbands with hot wife more satisfied, wives not so much,” was published Nov. 20. Continue reading

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