Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall

Caregiving - the "Hidden" Work for Women
Women are more likely than ever - and at younger ages - to find themselves caring for an ill or elderly relative, according to recent studies. By the time women are in their sixties, more than two-thirds of them have been caregivers, up from 45 percent...
Dashed Expectations
Researchers have long examined the severe stress caused by crises such as the death of a loved one or a divorce. Recent studies indicate that other life events, including failed expectations, may generate even greater emotional trauma. Researchers for...
The Impact of Environmental Stress
People living in chronically crowded conditions pay a huge psychological cost. Research shows that the layout of their homes may alleviate some of their psychological distress if it allows them to control their social interaction and find some privacy....
The More Time Dads Spend with Kids, the More Arguments
The more time fathers spend caring for their children, the more nurturing interactions they have but also the more arguments, especially if the fathers are in a bad mood, according to a new study. "We and other researchers had found that mothers tended...
The Stress of Infertility
The stress associated with infertility is often overlooked or not fully appreciated. Consequently, couples seeking medical help are treated for only some of their problems. Psychological counseling is recommended for both partners. For couples living...
Truth and Consequences
All teenagers are finding their places as individuals outside the family and among their peers - a transition that can be marked by turmoil and anxieties. For gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths, asserting their identity brings additional fears. They worry...
Women, Stress and Midlife
Raising perfect kids, working, keeping up a home, caring for aging parents - all while time is running out for dreams and youth. What's a woman at midlife to do? Adapt, says Associate Professor Elaine Wethington: think of midlife as a time for reevaluation,...

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