USA Today: When the honeymoon’s over, which couples survive and why?
Jim McNulty, associate professor of psychology, was interviewed by USA Today about his Newlywed Project for an article about the so-called honeymoon period in marriages. The article examines the stressors newlyweds encounter such as finishing education, moving, or having a child that may cause their marriage to crumble. “But for today’s newly marrieds, just how long that newlywed glow lasts may well depend on how much real life gets in the way and how the partners respond to the stresses that surround them,” said McNulty. “Newlyweds are pretty happy in the beginning; many of them become unhappy over time.” McNulty has studied newlyweds for fifteen years in UT’s Newlywed Project Research Laboratory.