St. FX Psychology Professor Dr. Karen Blair planning research project on public displays of affection in Romantic Relationships

Posted at 8:52 am on July 5, 2017 | Filed Under: News

A St. FX psychology professor is exploring the health implications of public displays of affection in romantic relationships. 
Dr. Karen Blair says this research project is unique in that it will also include the experiences of same sex couples.
Blair has received a one year federal grant worth just under 18-thousand  dollars to plan research.  Further research grant applications will be submitted later.  Blair says she will conduct some preliminary studies over the next several years.
Blair says her past research has documented the negative responses that same sex couples receive when displaying affection in public.  She says it’s possible that something that should be positive like holding hands could be stressful and potentially damaging to one’s health.