The New York Times: Are we still monogamous? And 6 other questions to ask
Therapists say lockdowns were rough on relationships. UC faculty suggests ways to reconnect.
Maintaining a romantic relationship in the best of times can be challenging for some, but the worst of times (the pandemic) took a toll on many couples and forced them into survival mode, says an article in The New York Times that examines ways to flip the switch now that it’s ok to be “normal” again.
In the article, relationship experts pose questions on what couples might ask each other to get back to where they once were. One of the questions (“What do we like to do together for fun”) was covered by Sarah Whitton, UC professor of psychology and director of the university’s “Today’s Couples and Families” research program.
Whitton's research aims to better understand modern couples and families and to help them build and maintain the types of strong, stable relationships that promote health and well-being. She is particularly interested in understudied and marginalized groups, including sexual and gender minorities. Whitton conducts basic research to identify factors that promote strong relationships in the face of adversity and uses the findings to develop couple-based interventions to promote individual, couple, and family health.
Read the article and how Whitton addresses the aspect of finding the “fun” in a relationship again.
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