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Symposium 8: Navigating Casual Interactions, Dating, and Hookups: Consent, Communication and Misperceptions

The “dating world” is full of comedy, complexities, and challenges. This symposium focuses on miscommunication and misperceived signals in casual interactions, dating, and hookups among college students in the United States. Together, our four studies examine gender differences in motivations for hooking up, misperceived flirting cues with a specific lens on person-level and interaction factors, as well as beliefs and behavior regarding consent via cluster analytic and focus group approaches. Our hope is that these studies help policy makers and educators recognize and understand the profound disconnect between policy and educational messages and what really happens during casual sex.

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Winery Tour and Tasting

For an additional cost, conference attendees can visit Bolney Winery for a 90 minute tour of the vineyards. The tour concludes with a tasting of three vegan wines. The price includes the wine tour and tasting and roundtrip transportation from the Conference Centre.

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Symposium 7: Emerging Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Minority Families and Relationships

The last decade has witnessed a tremendous amount change in the social climate surrounding the families and relationships of sexual and gender minority individuals. The contributions in this symposium will highlight emerging theoretical and methodological advancements in the study of sexual and gender minority couples and families using a diverse array of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method designs in research from the UK, US, and broader European context. The resulting new empirical findings will demonstrate the complicated ways in which the changing social climate has shaped the relational experiences of sexual and gender minority individuals.

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Symposium 6: New Developments in Romantic Disillusionment Research

This symposium presents three studies of romantic disillusionment: one examining whether Big Five personality traits moderate the effects of spouses’ negative interpersonal behavior (e.g., criticizing, showing disinterest) on perceivers’ romantic disillusionment (measured roughly 2.5 years later); one exploring whether disillusionment predicts individuals’ depressive symptoms or vice-versa, both from an actor and partner perspective; and one seeking to translate the Relationship Disillusionment Scale from its original English into a Polish-language version and establish the latter’s sound psychometric properties. Introductory remarks by organizer Sylvia Niehuis and closing remarks by discussant Stanley Gaines will put the symposium’s new empirical contributions in broader context.

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Keynote Address: Daniel Perlman

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Poster Session 3 and Lunch

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Individual Talks 5

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Symposium 5: Applying Relationship Science to Youth Relationship Education to Reduce High Risk Behavior

Recent focus on the developmental importance of adolescent romantic relationships led to the formation and implementation of curricula that educate adolescents about healthy romantic relationships. The first paper shares results of a meta-analysis on YRE effectiveness. The next three papers give examples of the impact of various YREs on youth behavior among high risk youth including pregnant and parenting Latina youth, African American youth, foster youth and refugee youth from Africa on gains in knowledge about healthy relationship characteristics, relationship efficacy, improved communication skills, reduced endorsement of controlling behaviors, and reduced use of abusive tactics in resolving conflict.

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Symposium 4: Parental Alienation: Impacts, Strategies, and Interventions

Parental alienation refers to a child’s refusal to have a relationship with a parent for untrue, exaggerated, or illogical reasons. The behaviors that cause parental alienation are considered a form of family violence, and their impact on members of the family system are devastating. This symposium highlights research on parental alienation by a panel of researchers from social work, clinical and social psychology, law, and women’s studies. Across five presentations, the presenters will illustrate the complexity of this violence from multiple disciplinary and international perspectives, and will discuss the broader implications of their work for the mitigation of parental alienation.

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Keynote Address: Birgit Schyns

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Symposium 3: Kindness in Diverse Relational Contexts: Insights from Social Work, Healthcare, and Education

This symposium addresses kindness in professional and public contexts involving diverse relationships. The first paper considers kindness within the relationships formed between social workers and vulnerable children. The second considers the experience of doctors in training with learning difficulties, examining aspects of self-compassion as well as interpersonal relationships. The third evaluates an experimental intervention to promote adolescent well-being through acts of kindness in a school setting. The fourth examines personal attitudes and perceived social norms as predictors of intentions to be kind, with attention to experiences at university. The symposium ends with an interactive discussion of kindness in public life.

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Managing Workplace Email Workshop

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Symposium 2: Moving on to Work Together: Separating Parents’ ‘Emotional Readiness’ to Co-parent

This symposium introduces the new construct of Emotional Readiness in parental separation. Emotional reactions to separation can impair the ability to deal with the pragmatics of the situation, including co-parenting. Furthermore, engaging in legally binding negotiations before being emotionally ready to do so can have negative outcomes for all concerned. These talks describe: i) the social-legal context of emotional readiness; ii) the development of the Emotional Readiness Assessment; iii) its nomological network; iv) the feasibility of using the ERA in applied settings; and iv) behavioural outcomes associated with emotional readiness. Real-world implications and the future research agenda are discussed throughout.

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Symposium 1: Diverse Experiences in Individual and Relational Health Following Couple Relationship Education

Couple relationship education (CRE) programs have been found to improve individual and couple functioning for the “average” participant. Emerging research has begun to explore the benefits of CRE across diverse populations, yet limited attention remains to the influence of specific CRE curricula and to variations in experiences in programs that likely exists among participants. This symposium will share research on two recently developed, empirically-informed CRE programs and help move the field of CRE evaluation away from a “one size fits all” assumption and towards models of best practices that acknowledge distinct program content/design and diverse populations.

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