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Marriage, alcohol and violence
  • The exact relationship between alcohol use and marital aggression has been unclear.
  • A recent study has found that alcohol can contribute to marital violence under certain circumstances.
  • Alcohol seems to exacerbate marital problems when conflict already exists.
  • Different drinking patterns by the husband and wife may be an additional source of conflict

Violent video games can increase aggression
Playing violent video games like Doom, Wolfenstein 3D or Mortal Combat can increase a person's aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior both in laboratory settings and in actual life, according to two studies appearing in the April issue of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (2000-04-22)

Psychiatrists fail to ask their patients about violent intentions to others
Psychiatrists fail to ask their patients about violent intentions to others, and may therefore be putting them and the public at risk, suggests research in this week's BMJ. (2000-04-20)

Antisocial behavior by boys often rewarded by peers
Aggressive, antisocial behavior as an adult doesn't win you many friends, but the same behavior in elementary school can make you one of the most popular kids in school, according to a new study of 452 fourth-through-sixth-grade boys. (2000-01-15)

School violence: Frustration is a key factor
America's current nightmare, school violence, can be curtailed more successfully, UC graduate student Stephen Haas says. Recent research by Haas strongly suggests he has found a tool that can make it happen. (2000-01-13)

Parental co-operation crucial for children of divorce
Children can develop long-term social and emotional problems if separating parents don't work together to put their kids first, says University of Toronto lecturer Hanna McDonough. (1999-10-27)

Brain compound's anti-aggression effects appear to reverse in monogamous male rodents
The latest results from a line of Johns Hopkins research on the role of nitric oxide in the brain show that the chemical, which dampens aggression in male mice, has the reverse impact in a monogamous species of rodent. (1999-10-25)

Age reduces aggression in boys
As boys grow older, they generally become less physically aggressive, oppositional, and hyperactive, according to a recent study by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Montreal. This finding contradicts the popular belief that as boys age they increase the frequency of their physically aggressive and disruptive behavior. (1999-09-23)

Brain chemical mellows male mice, but makes mouse moms tough
A chemical messenger in the brain that dramatically decreases aggressive behavior in male mice appears, on the contrary, to be essential to a mother mouse's ability to fight in defense of her pups. (1999-09-15)

You may be an aggressive driver and not know it
You may be an aggressive driver and not know it. Researchers have found that those angry drivers who indicate they don't have a problem with driving anger can be just as angry and dangerous on the road as those who know they are aggressive drivers, according to a study conducted by psychologist Rebekah S. Lynch, Ph.D., of Colorado State University and other researchers. Their findings will be presented at the 107th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston. (1999-08-23)

Bullying is not limited to unpopular loners, say researchers; many childrenbully each other especially in middle school
Bullying is a pervasive problem, with estimated worldwide rates of 5 to 15 percent. Bullying occurs more frequently and with greater lethality today than in the 1970s and 1980s, as incidents like Littleton, Colorado illustrate. Findings from three studies examine the prevalence of bullying behavior, children's perceptions of who bullies and who the victims are and why bullying is rising in middle schools. (1999-08-20)

Bullying more common in middle schools than many recognize
Forget the classic image of the lone schoolyard bully, says University of Illinois professor Dorothy Espelage. It seems most kids do at least a little bullying of their peers, if the results from a survey at a large Midwestern middle school are any indication. (1999-07-07)

Controversial performance enhancer "andro" affects brains as well as brawn, say UMass researchers
Athletes taking the controversial performance enhancer known as (1999-07-07)

Men and women agree: love, romance vital part of sexual person
Men who have a strong sexual self-concept combine stereotypically male qualities of power and aggression with more sensitive qualities usually associated with women, a new study has found. These men are open to balancing male qualities with ones of emotional attachment, romance and love, said Ohio State University researchers. (1999-06-28)

Preschoolers who sleep less have more behavior problems
Fewer minutes and hours of sleep add up to more problems in the daytime behavior of children aged two to five, according to new research. (1999-06-14)

Antbird capable of increasing testosterone level when threatened
Birds that stay in one place year-round may reproduce seasonally like migrating birds, but they are one up when it comes to testosterone. In a Panama rainforest, spotted antbirds (Hylophylax n. naevioides) raise their testosterone levels when necessary in the (1999-06-01)

APA's 107th Annual Convention in Boston
American Psychological Association's 107th annual convention to be held in Boston, MA, August 20-24, 1999. Reverend Jessie Jackson to give keynote address. Precursors to teenage aggression and violence, consequences of Internet Usage and cancer treatment and prevention to be major themes. (1999-05-24)

Impression Of Divorce Can Impact Children's Mental Health
How children perceive the events surrounding their parents' divorce -- such as parental arguing, parental depression, reduced contact with the absent parent, lowered standard of living -- can be as important to their development as the family breakup itself, say researchers who tested 355 recently divorced mothers and their 9-12 year old children. (1999-03-09)

Resolving Conflicts -- What We Can Learn From The Apes
Research in chimpanzees by Frans de Waal at Yerkes Primate Research Center shows that conflict and conflict resolution are integrated parts of social relationships, determined by social factors and modifiable by the social environment. (1999-01-24)

New Worlds Of Order, Argentine Ants Succeed By Outnumbering The Competition
The voracious appetite of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) and their tendency to displace native ants has been well documented, but the specific mechanisms used by the insects have been unclear. Now a new study, published in the January issue of Ecology, reveals some interesting findings about these aggressive ants. (1999-01-12)

Study Finds Links Between Generations On School Performance, Not Aggression
Widespread concern that aggressive, violent behavior invariably passes down from one generation to the next may be reduced because of a new long-term University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study showing that's not necessarily so. (1998-12-21)

National Stereotypes Reflect International Conflicts
Stereotypes of different nationalities seem to be determined by the economic and competitive relations between nations. Well-educated young people consider nations which do not constitute a threat to be (1998-11-02)

Genetic Link Shows Children With Allergies Have Greater Tendency To Have Behavior Problems Than Children With No Allergies
Children with severe allergies have a greater tendency to also have significant behavior problems, such as aggressiveness, depression and irritability than children with no allergies, according to research at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. (1998-10-01)

Anti-Gay Aggression: Expressions Of Hatred Or Of Perceived Cultural Norms?
One of the most widespread forms of bias crime among teenagers and young adults - violence against sexual minorities - is rarely motivated by genuine hatred, but is instead (1998-08-16)

Epilepsy Drugs Useful To Treat Alzheimer's, Studies Find
Medicines commonly used to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders appear to be effective at soothing the agitation in people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to results presented by University of Rochester physicians at the 6th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. (1998-07-21)

Sex Hormones Found To Have Little Or No Effect
Researchers have found little or no effect on adolescent sexual behavior after giving test subjects sex hormones over a nearly two-year period. (1998-07-20)

Studies Find Narcissists Most Aggressive When Criticized
New research on the question of whether low or high self- esteem underlies violent behavior suggests it is neither. Rather, it is (1998-07-16)

Study Finds Economic Downturns Unrelated To Incidence Of Hate Crimes
While convention wisdom has been that hate crimes in the United States rise with a declining economy, an analysis of hate crime in New York City from 1987 to 1995 found little evidence linking racial, religious, ethnic or homophobic incidents to deteriorating economic conditions. (1998-07-16)

Maintaining Order Is Crucial In First Grade
The overall amount of disruptive behavior in the first grade classroom can influence the course of aggressive behavior in boys through middle school, according to a study by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health researchers. The common practice of grouping many disruptive children together in one classroom may be actively steering those children toward anti-social behavior. The study was published in the Spring 1998 issue of Development and Psychopathology. (1998-05-26)

Alzheimer's Disease Patients May Benefit From Muscle Relaxation
Simple muscle relaxation techniques may help people with Alzheimer's disease control some behavioral problems associated with the disorder while improving their mental performance, according to a new study by an Ohio University researcher. (1998-05-21)

Boys And Girls Are Cruel To Each Other In Different Ways -- But The Effects Are Equally Harmful
The vast majority of past studies on peer victimization have focused on boys and physical aggression. But new research illustrates that girls also experience peer victimization, usually relational aggression, in which a person is harmed through hurtful manipulation of their peer relationships or friendships. (1998-03-25)

"Save Your Face - Drink Sensibly" - Assault And Alcohol Major Causes Of Facial Injury
Assault and alcohol consumption are the two major factors responsible for serious facial injuries in young adults. One half of the facial injuries in the 15 - 25 year age group were sustained in assaults, usually in bars or streets, and were associated with alcohol consumption. From 1977 to 1987 the proportion of patients with facial injuries sustained in road accidents fell by 34 per cent, but violent crime has more than compensated for this decrease. (1998-01-30)

McCaughey Book Pulls No Punches In Women's Self Defense
Our society tends to assume that men's bodies are dangerous and women's are helpless, and Martha McCaughey wants to change that image--especially when it comes to women's defending themselves from male violence... McCaughey wrote the book Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense because she thought feminists could not afford to ignore self defense. (1998-01-22)

"Male-Stuffing" Conserves Food In Wasp Nests
When female wasps return to the colony after foraging, some females initiate aggressive encounters with males and stuff them head first into empty nest cells. Cornell University researchers who observed the behavior call it (1997-10-01)

Childhood Sibling Abuse Common, But Most Adults Don't Remember It That Way, Study Finds
If told the story of a child who was kicked, bitten, hit with a fist or choked, the words that would come into most people's mind are (1997-08-18)

Violence Workbook'S Success Depends On Teachers
Evaluation of the workbook (1997-08-12)

CWRU Study Links Heavy TV Viewing To Psychological Trauma
In a study of 2,244 Northeast Ohio children ages 8-14, watching television more than six hours a day was found to be associated with significantly elevated levels of psychological trauma, according to a Case Western Reserve University researcher. (1997-07-22)

Bulllies & Their Victims: More Similar Than They Think?
Contradicting the theories that bullies and victims are far apart in personality, research at Brandeis University suggests that both groups' behavior may stem from a similar deficit in problem-solving abilities (1996-10-15)

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