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My Partner Cheated On Me: Should I Leave or Should I Stay?

My Partner Cheated On Me: Should I Leave or Should I Stay?

Many things in life require people to decide between two or more options. Some decisions may be small, while others can change your life dramatically. Yet, in the end it’s how you react to your choices that makes all the difference. Recently, our research team […]

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You: Post Heartbreak Social Media Creeping

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You: Post Heartbreak Social Media Creeping

In May 1967 a song credited to Frankie Vallie the lead singer of the band The Four Seasons released a song called “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” which quickly shot up to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for that week. Some words in […]

More Potential Regret from Missed Romantic Opportunities than from Rejection

More Potential Regret from Missed Romantic Opportunities than from Rejection

As humans we have a natural desire to feel that we belong, and we find social acceptance to be significantly rewarding and social rejection to be considerably threatening. I think this is especially true for emerging adults (18-29 years-old). In my experience, emerging adults are […]

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 […]