Post-Divorce Dating and Relationships

Although divorce can be a negative experience, for some it is a catalyst for new perspectives on relationships that provide a context for future relationships to thrive. Learn more about what researchers found from interviewing divorced men and women aged 21-63.

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Topics:
  • Separation & Divorce
    The many facets of witnessing, considering, experiencing, and recovering from separation & divorce
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    Re-Partnering & Remarriage
    Re-entering romantic relationships after the ending of a serious relationship or marriage
    Life Transitions
    Managing the uncertainty and competing demands that come with certain life transitions (going to college, starting a career, moving, etc.) while in or preparing for a romantic relationship
  • Why You Should Have More Empathy

    Being sensitive to others' feelings and expressing that empathy can help relationships. The ability to express empathy in a caring way can be genetic, but is often a result of one's childhood obervations of what people around them did in the face of emotions. Thankfully, science shows us that simply making efforts to express empathy increases relationship happiness. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Impact of Childhood Family Processes on Offspring Romantic Relationships
    How one’s experiences interacting with important others growing up influence adult romantic relationships and strategies for keeping the positives and changing what’s not working
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
  • One-Night Stand Regrets May Differ for Men and Women

    For men and women it seems that any regrets experienced after one-night stands are different based on gender. In this research, women were more likely to report regretting having the one-night stand and didn't report feeling sorry when they said no. Contrastly, men reported unhappiness with saying no, although some did report regrets of casual sex. See details of this science here!

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    Topics:
  • Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • Couples Who are Fair About Housework Have More Sex

    What do household chores have to do with sex? Some researchers have evidence that couples who share more housework have less sex. Newer research offers a different perspective, however. It seems that people in egalitarian marriages are actually having more sex now as things are changing regarding how sexual roles are viewed in partnerships. Check out the research on this difference.

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    Topics:
  • Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships