In The News: Department of Psychology

Romper
December 11, 2017

Deciding whether or not to take your partner's name when you get married is a pretty big decision, if only because your more traditional family members might raise an eyebrow if you or your spouse chooses to keep their own. Well, it looks like those traditionalists might be onto something, since a new study found that taking your partner's name in marriage can affect the power dynamic in a relationship. Researchers out of the University of Nevada conducted a three-part study in the United States and United Kingdom and concluded that when a man's wife doesn't take his name, he's perceived by others as less powerful and submissive.

Psych Central
December 11, 2017

Over the last half-century, American women have increasingly chosen to keep their maiden names. A new study suggests a wife’s choice of surnames may influence perceptions of her husband’s personality and the distribution of power in the marriage.

Science Blog
December 11, 2017

The pending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have royal watchers brushing up on royal naming practices and asking ‘what’s in a name?’

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 8, 2017

The fundraising effort in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been muted compared with other tragedies.

Times Live
December 4, 2017

Men are perceived as powerless and less masculine if their wives choose not to take their surnames after marriage.

Morning Star
December 4, 2017

A recent study suggests men whose wives keep their name are viewed as more feminine

Coast 933
December 4, 2017

"I now pronounce you man and wife, you may kiss the bride... etc and so forth." This is followed shortly after by the MC announcing the newly married couple, "Now, introducing for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Smith..."

derStandard
December 4, 2017

If women do not take their husband's surname, it is sometimes perceived as "disempowering" the husband.

Moneyish
November 30, 2017

Today in “Why is this still a thing?”: Keeping your maiden name could affect how people view your husband.

Daily Mail
November 30, 2017

While taking their husband's surname was once the norm, women are increasingly choosing to keep their maiden name after marriage.

The Independent
November 30, 2017

Once upon a time it was considered custom for women to take their husband’s name after marrying.

MarketWatch
November 30, 2017

Visiting my family in the Midwest over Thanksgiving, I returned to a topic that’s become very familiar ever since I became engaged a little more than a year ago: Whether I plan to change my last name after I get married.