Family Relationships

Millions of people are entering a period of holiday family gatherings. To mark the season, APS offers some scientific insights into family life.

  • Findings from a risk-taking game show that, when forced to make a decision that benefits either a parent or a close friend, young adults are more likely to choose the parent. More

    This is a photo of a mother embracing her teen daughter

    Young Adults Help Parents Instead of Friends When Forced to Choose

    Findings from a risk-taking game show that, when forced to make a decision that benefits either a parent or a close friend, young adults are more likely to choose the parent. More

  • African American adolescents who experience high levels of racial discrimination show cellular wear and tear, according to new research published in Psychological Science. More

    Family Support Buffers the Physiological Effects of Racial Discrimination

    African American adolescents who experience high levels of racial discrimination show cellular wear and tear, according to new research published in Psychological Science. More

  • Accumulating evidence suggests that providing social support for others can benefit caregivers, boosting feelings of social connection. More

    Caring for Others Can Bring Benefits

    Accumulating evidence suggests that providing social support for others can benefit caregivers, boosting feelings of social connection. More

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