Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:43
By Brian Chin
Research shows that married people tend to be healthier than both people who have never been married and people who were previously married (i.e., divorced, widowed, or separated). But it’s less clear how or why married people are in better health. Are there biological and psychological advantages of marriage?
Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:11
“Black people don’t go to therapy, Joan; we go to church.” So says one woman to her struggling friend on the TV sitcom Girlfriends after her friend admits that she wants to find a therapist. This moment captures an important insight: Identities, like race, gender, and socioecomonic status, are linked to health behaviors. The behaviors that people choose to engage in to promote their health are shaped by what identities come to mind and the strategies for improving health that are linked to those identities.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:32
Friends, children, romantic partners, family members – many of us exchange hugs with others on a regular basis. New research from the United States, published today in PLOS, now shows hugs can help us to cope with conflict in our daily life.
Hugs are considered a form of affectionate touch. Hugs occur between social partners of all types, and sometimes even strangers.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 04/27/2018 - 15:02
This week's roundup covers leadership, future selves, health decisions, and many more topics. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews.
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Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:59
This week's roundup covers names of diseases, generosity, and what college does people, among other topics. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews.
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Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:16
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Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 19:31
Anyone who has been to the doctor recognizes that medical diagnoses and treatments are embedded in a social context. Patients are influenced not only by what tests are performed and what treatments are suggested, but how the doctor communicates the results of these tests makes recommendations, and engages with patients. How can we use the social context to improve healthcare?