Posts for Relationships

How do you know when it’s time to break up? Here’s the research

Elnur/Shutterstock Veronica Lamarche, University of Essex Christmas may be a time of giving, but it’s also a peak time for break-ups. Facing the prospect of spending yet another festive season […]

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Family sizes are dropping as women now average 1.89 children

Women born in 1973 (the most recent cohort to complete their childbearing in 2018) had on average 1.89 children, unchanged from the previous cohort (women born in 1972). More than […]

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Domestic abuse in 2019 – nothing much changes, alas

Today the Office for National Statistics has released the latest figures on domestic abuse from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, police recorded crime and a number of different […]

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Happy ever over?

The breakdown of a marriage might not be everyone’s dream of happily ever after, but new research shows going through a divorce helps people improve nearly all areas of their […]

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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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