In Brief: Aug. 7, 2000

COHABITATION COMMUNICATION A recent study of newlyweds found that living together before tying the knot can actually hinder marital communication. Videotaping couples in their living rooms, researchers found that the spouses who cohabited, even for as little as a month, displayed fewer positive problem-solving skills and more aggression than couples who had not lived together.

KIDS AND VIOLENCE Four major medical associations joined forces last week to issue a warning to parents on the possible long-lasting effects of children's exposure to media violence. Looking at more than 1,000 studies, researchers concluded that viewing violence in films, music videos, TV shows and...

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