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Communicating Key Truths About Marriage and the Family in the University Classroom

Communicating Key Truths About Marriage and the Family in the University Classroom

As an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Northern Illinois University, I have the unique opportunity to teach upcoming generations about marriage and family relationships. But teaching about these subjects can be demanding, and I often feel like I am at the front […]

Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood 2017 Conference

Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood 2017 Conference

Dr. Sibley, Amie Kahovec, Hanna Stoffel, and myself had an amazing time at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA) 2017 Conference in Washington D.C. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. This was such an amazing opportunity that was given to […]

The Significance of Eating Together as a Family

The Significance of Eating Together as a Family

As a child and adolescent, my parents always made sure we had a home cooked meal and ate together as a family, no matter how busy each of us were. Until I went to college, I would say we ate together six out of seven […]

Excitement and Preparation for the SSEA 2017 Conference in Washington, D.C.

Excitement and Preparation for the SSEA 2017 Conference in Washington, D.C.

This week from November 1st – November 5th,  I will be presenting with a portion of our research team (Amie Kahovec, Hillary Schraufnagel, Hanna Stoffel) two of our research papers at the 8th biennial Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood Conference in Washington D.C. […]

Just Married! A Newlywed’s Perspective on Marriage and Commitment

Just Married! A Newlywed’s Perspective on Marriage and Commitment

As emerging adults leave high school and enter college, the idea of commitment and marriage may not seem like a priority. So many emerging adults have this notion that your college years are the time to party, experiment, and just have fun, rather than be […]

How Creepy! The Impact of Social Media Surveillance on Romantic Relationships

How Creepy! The Impact of Social Media Surveillance on Romantic Relationships

Have you ever found yourself getting so sucked into social media, that all the sudden you are looking at your mother’s, boyfriend’s, ex-girlfriend’s, sister’s social media from three years ago? Well, you are not the only one. Social media surveillance, otherwise known in the less […]

If They Cheated Before, Will They Cheat Again? Research on Serial Infidelity

If They Cheated Before, Will They Cheat Again? Research on Serial Infidelity

Generally, when one enters into a romantic relationship, above all else, monogamy and fidelity are expected. Usually it is unspoken, but most times it is understood. Yet, as research has shown, infidelity is quite common especially in unmarried relationships. Recently our research team read a […]

Should I Take This Personally? Snapchat and Our Need for Connection

Should I Take This Personally? Snapchat and Our Need for Connection

As we know, technology is a powerful foundation for communication and has become more advanced and prevailing over the years. We often wonder on our research team how technology is affecting emerging adults (18-29 years old) relationship formation and satisfaction. After all, research suggests that […]

A Review of “Fighting for Your Marriage” By: Markman, Stanley, and Blumberg

A Review of “Fighting for Your Marriage” By: Markman, Stanley, and Blumberg

Although first published in 1994, Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, and Susan L. Blumberg is just as relevant today as when the book was first released. Back in May, there were eight members of our research team who were […]

So Close, Yet So Far: Commitment and the Challenges of Long-Distance Dating Relationships

So Close, Yet So Far: Commitment and the Challenges of Long-Distance Dating Relationships

Now that it has been a few weeks since most colleges started, students are adjusting and familiarizing themselves with their classes and campus. These adjustments may cause problems when trying to balance commitment to your summer love, and new living situation and life at the […]

A Review of “iGen” by: Jean Twenge

A Review of “iGen” by: Jean Twenge

When I first heard about new book iGen: Why today’s super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious, more tolerant, less happy– and completely unprepared for adulthood (and what this means for the rest of us), I was initially defensive. This book has been widely promoted […]

NIU Summer Research Symposium 2017

NIU Summer Research Symposium 2017

Besides presenting at state and national conferences, as a research team we look forward to opportunities to present our research on campus during the semester. We excitedly were able to present our research in the summer semester! On Friday August 11th, two members of our […]

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Ghosting in Romantic Relationships

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Ghosting in Romantic Relationships

Not only has the advent of smartphones and social media substantially changed the dating landscape, this technology has also made it much easier to get in and out of relationships. Certain features in smartphones and social media (Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) allow an individual to […]

“We’re Just Talking”: Exploring a New Trend in Romantic Relationships

“We’re Just Talking”: Exploring a New Trend in Romantic Relationships

A great shift in the dating landscape has occured in the past 6-7 years. With the advent of smartphones and social media, emerging adults (18-29 years old) are not only communicating in new ways, but this technology has had a profound impact on the formation […]

A Review of “Love Me True” By: Jason B. Whiting

A Review of “Love Me True” By: Jason B. Whiting

Having a partner that is honest and committed to their romantic relationship is an expectation that many people have, but research indicates that individuals do not always hold themselves to that same standard. Personally, I have always thought of myself as an honest person. I […]

Time to Hookup? Expectations of First Semester College Students

Time to Hookup? Expectations of First Semester College Students

With the fall semester quickly approaching, incoming freshmen throughout the United States are preparing to attend college for the first time. When I started college many of my friends were excited to meet guys and have “no strings attached” relationships. It seems like many college […]

Can’t Swipe Me Love? Recent Research on Tinder and Romance

Can’t Swipe Me Love? Recent Research on Tinder and Romance

Can swiping on Tinder lead to long-term romantic love? As a research team we have wondered about this idea, as have others such as the author in this New York Times article. Recently our team read a new research article entitled Swiping Me Off My […]

Are You a Strong Link in Your Relationships?

Are You a Strong Link in Your Relationships?

Are you a weak link or a strong link in your relationships? That’s a rhetorical question that one might ask themselves after reading one of the latest research articles published by Scott Stanley and colleagues. Asymmetrical commitment represents a new—and I might add one of […]