Posts for Relationships

Fascinating research on Henry VIII’s marital rifts

From University of Exeter: Newly-discovered documents show Henry VIII’s legendary marital troubles may have led to other copy-cat splits around the country. The extraordinary story of a teenager who flip-flopped […]

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Civil partnerships on increase in England and Wales

Civil partnerships increased in 2018; numbers have settled after a sharp decrease when same-sex marriage was introduced. Opposite-sex civil partnerships will undoubtedly create another change in future stats. following a […]

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How to talk to your teenagers about drugs

Vlachaslau Govorkov/Shutterstock.com Emma Maynard, University of Portsmouth The UK has seen a sharp increase in teenage drug use in the last few years: the NHS reports that 37% of 15-year-olds […]

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Marriage continues to decline

The proportion of the population in England and Wales who are married has continued to decline in 2018 to 50.5%, down from 51.0% in 2017. While the proportion of the […]

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Here’s what young people say helped them get through their parents’ divorce

Children found it particularly difficult when parents couldn’t agree on where they would live. Shutterstock. Susan Kay-Flowers, Liverpool John Moores University When parents separate or get divorced, it inevitably disrupts […]

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‘Gay gene’ search reveals not one but many – and no way to predict sexuality

The biology of same-sex attraction seems to involve a host of genes. Dewald Kirsten/Shutterstock Brendan Zietsch, The University of Queensland It has long been clear that a person’s sexual preference […]

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Women aren’t better multitaskers than men – they’re just doing more work

Science doesn’t appear to support the modern myth that women are super-human multitaskers. From shutterstock.com Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne Multitasking has traditionally been perceived as a woman’s domain. A […]

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What ‘The Lion King’ teaches us about children’s grief

It’s important to help children understand that death is part of life. Here, the father, Mufasa, voiced by James Earl Jones, and his son, Simba, voiced by JD McCrary, in […]

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Birth rate drops 4% in SW

The good old Office for National Statistics tells us the birth rate appears to be dropping. In the SW the rate is even lower but maybe that is because we […]

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Pure altruism – the connection that explains why we help strangers

Shutterstock/Lightspring Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University Just over two years ago, my home city of Manchester suffered a terrorist attack. Waiting in the arena foyer after an Ariana Grande concert, […]

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