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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – April 2015

By OnePlusOne, 01 May 2015 Behaviour change, Children, Civil partnerships, Cohabitation, Communication, Conflict, Divorce, Domestic violence, Employment, Fathers, Health, Legal, Marriage, Mental health, New parents, Parenting, Religion, Separation, Sex, Stress, Transitions, Work-life balance

OnePlusOne’s monthly roundup of the key research and policy news to emerge from the field of relationships, including the latest journal articles of interest to family and relationships practitioners and researchers.

Research and statistics

York leads UK survey on adoptive, foster and step-parenting
Psychologists from the University of York are spearheading research into the parenting experiences of those with adopted, fostered and step-children in the UK. The project Thinking about Parenting, conducted by PhD student Sarah Fishburn and supervised by Professor Elizabeth Meins from York’s Department of Psychology, will investigate how aspects of the caregiving environment play a role in the emotional wellbeing of parents and children.


Digital Parenting: Roundtable discussion reveals how technology is enriching family life
A roundtable discussion sponsored by Vodafone and hosted by the Guardian, and attended by a range of experts in the fields of education, psychology, wellbeing and communication. The event launched the third edition of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Guide, which includes research that sheds light on the role of digital technology in modern family life. The data – gathered after 1,500 parents and 500 young people were polled – indicates that most parents and children believe their family lives have been enriched by technology, and more than that nine out of 10 kids feel they have more opportunities thanks to technology.


Self-reported personal challenges of fathers in responsible fatherhood programs
Researchers Jay Fagan and Rebecca Kaufman of the (American) Fatherhood Research & Practice Network undertook a survey of 71 men—all with a biological child under age 18 living in a different household from themselves—across nine responsible fatherhood programs for low-income dads to investigate the challenges they face that may hinder their efforts to be involved with their kids. The types of challenges experienced by fathers in responsible fatherhood programs (e.g., incarceration) are often substantial and may be strongly associated with lower levels of father involvement with children and lower quality co-parenting relationships with mothers. This brief reviews new findings on fathers’ self-reported personal challenges.


Mobile Tablets Aid Perinatal Depression Assessments
A new project levers the ubiquity of mobile technology to improve depression screening among pregnant and new mothers.


Policy and practice

The Best Medicine? The importance of relationships for health and wellbeing
This report finds that good quality relationships matter for our health and wellbeing and can improve health outcomes; but long-term health conditions can also have a significant impact on our relationships. Because good quality relationships may prevent, delay or minimise the deterioration of long term conditions and promote recovery or adjustment, the report argues that it is important to ensure our relationships are resilient and robust if we are to draw on such relationships as assets to health and wellbeing. Accordingly, a focus on couple, family and social relationships in policy and practice – particularly for support for people with long term conditions – may help to improve recovery rates and ultimately minimise the costs of responding to long term conditions.


Manifesto In Focus: The Childcare Guarantee
This report seeks to explore the state of childcare, and ultimately sets out a manifesto in the midst of the upcoming election. High quality childcare supports children’s development, and helps parents – particularly mothers – back to work. It brings particular benefits to the most disadvantaged, getting parents back into work or working more hours, reducing child poverty and helping to improve life chances. Yet too many families are unable to take advantage of these benefits, with childcare provision not as flexible or affordable as it needs to be.


Older savers and couples to benefit from new tax reliefs
The so-called marriage allowance will allow more than four million married couples — and those in civil partnerships — to reallocate some of their personal allowance. Only couples where one spouse is a basic rate taxpayer, earning less than £42,385, and the other earns less than £10,600, qualify.


Changes to the divorce process in England and Wales: Q&A
Following the Family Justice Review the single Family Court was created, which is a single jurisdiction without the previous geographical boundaries of county courts. Subsequently the Crime and Courts Act 2013 enabled legal advisers to consider decree nisi applications and directions for trial across the family court. In light of these changes HM Courts & Tribunals Service agreed plans with the Ministry of Justice and with the President of the Family Division for uncontested decree nisi applications to be considered by legal advisers at designated divorce centre locations in England and Wales. Legal advisers will therefore deal with the majority of routine decree nisi applications, which will free up judicial time for other work, and reduce processing delays and inconsistency. The divorce centres will be centres of expertise that will improve services, release efficiencies of scale and minimise the possibility of fraud.


Journal articles

If We Build It, They Will Come: Exploring Policy and Practice Implications of Public Support for Couple and Relationship Education for Lower Income and Relationally Distressed Couples 

Bradford, Angela B., Alan J. Hawkins and Jennifer Acker (2015), Family Process, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12151

The Effectiveness of the Within Our Reach Relationship Education Program for Couples: Findings from a Federal Randomized Trial

Rhoades, Galena K. (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12148

A Mobile-Assisted Working Model for Supporting Daily Family Life: A Pilot Study

Rönkä, Anna, Kaisa Malinen, Kimmo Jokinen and Sanna Häkkinen (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 no. 2 180-189

The Gap Between Couple Therapy Research Efficacy and Practice Effectiveness

Kim Halford, Christopher A. Pepping and Jemima Petch (2015), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12120

We-Language and Sustained Reductions in Drinking in Couple-Based Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders

Hallgren, Kevin A. and Barbara S. McCrady (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12150

The Marital Experiences of Couples Who Include a Child With Autism

Marciano, Susan T., Erik Drasgow, and Ryan G. Carlson (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 132-140

Protecting the Marriage Relationship During the Doctoral Journey: Strategies for Students and Partners Based on the Strong Marital House Concept

Rockinson-Szpakiw, Amanda J., Lucinda S. Spaulding and Anita Knight (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 141-146

Perceived Impact of Police Work on Marital Relationships

Karaffa, Kerry, Linda Openshaw, Julie Koch, Hugh Clark, Cynthia Harr and Chris Stewart (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 120-131

When love dies: Further elucidating the existence of a mate ejection module

Boutwell, Brian B.; Barnes, J. C. and Beaver, Kevin M. (2015), Review of General Psychology, Vol 19(1), 30-38

Are “Equals” Happier Than “Less Equals”? A Couple Analysis of Similarity and Well-being

Keizer, Renske and Aafke Komter (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12194

Friends with benefits? Gendered performances in women’s casual sexual relationships

Fahs, Breanne and Adrielle Munger (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12073

The thrill of loving a dominant partner: Relationships between preference for a dominant mate, sensation seeking, and trait anxiety

Giebel, Gilda, James Moran, Anne Schawohl and Roland Weierstall (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12079

Are sexually permissive individuals more victimized and socially isolated? 

Vrangalova, Zhana and Rachel E. Bukberg (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12076

The relationship power inventory: Development and validation

Farrell, Allison K., Jeffry A. Simpson and Alexander J. Rothman (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12072

Intimacy, communication, and aggressive behaviors: Variations by phases of romantic relationship development

Reese-Weber, Marla (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12074

Remarriage Beliefs as Predictors of Marital Quality and Positive Interaction in Stepcouples: An Actor–Partner Interdependence Model 

Garneau, Chelsea L., Brian Higginbotham and Francesca Adler-Baeder (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12153

“You Think You Know Me, But You Have No Idea”: Dynamics in African American Families Following a Son’s or Daughter’s Disclosure as LGBT

Trahan, Jr, Don P. and Kristopher M. Goodrich (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 147-157

The Pregnancy Experience of Gay Couples Expecting a Child Through Overseas Surrogacy

Ziv, Ido and Yael Freund-Eschar (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2) 158-166

Childhood Risky Family Environments and Romantic Relationship Functioning Among Young Adult Dating Couples

Maleck, Sarah and Lauren M. Papp (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (5), 567-588

Intergenerational Attachments in Stepfamilies: Facilitating the Role of the Step-Grandparents

Joshua M. Gold, (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 194-200

A randomised controlled trial of a relationship support training programme for frontline practitioners working with families

Coleman, Lester; Houlston, Catherine; Casey, Polly; Purdon, Susan; Bryson, Caroline (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), pp. 35-51(17)

Transiting through cohabitation to marriage: emerging commitment and diminishing ambiguity

Elizabeth, Vivienne and Baker, Maureen (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), pp. 53-70(18)

Cohabitation and marriage in England and Wales

Probert, Rebecca (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4, (1), March 2015, pp. 157-162(6)

Cameronite conservatism and the politics of marriage under the UK coalition government

Hayton, Richard (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), March 2015, pp. 151-156(6)

Tackling the ‘marriage divide’: challenges for the UK and Anglo-Saxon nations

Van Acker, Liz (2015) Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), March 2015, pp. 149-150(2)

The validity of retrospectively reported conflict interactions in couples

Backer-Fulghum, Lindsey M.; Sanford, Keith (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(2), 253-262

Temporal Ordering of Intimate Relationship Efficacy and Conflict

Matthew D. Johnson, Matthew D. and Jared R. Anderson (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12198

Self-reports and spouse ratings of neuroticism: Perspectives on emotional adjustment in couples

Smith, Timothy W.; Williams, Paula G. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(2), 302-307

Women in Very Low Quality Marriages Gain Life Satisfaction Following Divorce

Bourassa, Kyle J.; Sbarra, David A.; Whisman, Mark A. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000075

Divorce and Health: Beyond Individual Differences

Sbarra, David A., Karen Hasselmo, and Kyle J. Bourassa (2015), Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 24 (2), 109-113

Recency of Divorce, Depression, and Suicide Risk

Stack, Steven and Jonathan Scourfield (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (6), 695-715

Patterns and Predictors of Coparenting After Unmarried Parents Part

Goldberg, Julia S. and Carlson, Marcia J. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000078

Parenting Responses and Parenting Goals of Mothers and Fathers of Adolescents

Horvath, Catherine A. & Catherine M. Lee (2015), Marriage & Family Review, doi: 10.1080/01494929.2014.955938

Varied Patterns of Family Resilience in Challenging Contexts

Ungar, Michael (2015), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12124

Understanding Today’s Changing Families

Osborne, Cynthia and Nora Ankrum (2015), Family Court Review, 53: 221–232

Co-Parenting Relationships among Low-Income, Unmarried Parents: Perspectives of Fathers in Fatherhood Programs

Pickar, Daniel B. and Rebecca L. Kaufman (2015), Family Court Review, Volume 53, (2), pages 304–316

Responsible Fatherhood Programs in the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation

Dion, M. Robin, Heather Zaveri and Pamela Holcomb (2015), Family Court Review, Volume 53, (2), pages 292–303

African American Couples’ Coparenting Satisfaction and Marital Characteristics in the First Two Decades of Marriage

Riina, Elizabeth M. and Susan M. McHale (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (7) 902-923

The Production of Inequality: The Gender Division of Labor Across the Transition to Parenthood

Yavorsky, Jill E., Claire M. Kamp Dush and Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, Volume 77 (3), pages 662–679

Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children?

Bergström, Malin, Emma Fransson,  Bitte Modin,  Marie Berlin,  Per A Gustafsson, and Anders Hjern (2015), Journal of Epidemiol Community Health, doi:10.1136/jech-2014-205058

The Meaning of the Sperm Donor for Heterosexual Couples: Confirming the Position of the Father Family Process

Wyverkens, Elia, Veerle Provoost, An Ravelingien, Guido Pennings, Petra De Sutter and Ann Buysse (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12156

Parents’ Daily Time With Their Children: A Workplace Intervention

Davis, Kelly D., Katie M. Lawson, David M. Almeida, Erin L. Kelly, Rosalind B. King, Leslie Hammer, Lynne M. Casper, Cassandra A. Okechukwu, Ginger Hanson, and Susan M. McHale (2015), Peidatrics, doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-2057

Convergence or Continuity? The Gender Gap in Household Labor After Retirement

Leopold, Thomas and Jan Skopek (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12199

Partner support for individual self-expansion opportunities: Effects on relationship satisfaction in long-term couples

Fivecoat, Hayley C., Jennifer M. Tomlinson, Arthur Aron, and Peter A. Caprariello (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (3), 368-385

Longitudinal Relations Between Constructive and Destructive Conflict and Couples’ Sleep

El-Sheikh, Mona; Kelly, Ryan J.; Koss, Kalsea J.; Rauer, Amy J. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000083

A two-sided coin: Mapping perceptions of the pros and cons of relationship commitment

Weigel, Daniel J., Bret A. Davis, and Kristy C. Woodard (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (3), 344-367

Disillusionment in Cohabiting and Married Couples: A National Study

Niehuis, Sylvia, Alan Reifman, and Kyung-Hee Lee (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (7), 951-973

Hard Times and Heart Break: Linking Economic Hardship and Relationship Distress

Williams, Deadric T., Jacob E. Cheadle, and Bridget J. Goosby (2015), Journal of Family, vol. 36 (7), 924-950

Patterns of psychological adaptation to divorce after a long-term marriage

Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina, Sara Hutchison, and Davide Morselli (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (3), 386-405

Variation in Marital Quality in a National Sample of Divorced Women

James, Spencer L. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000082

Sexually Experienced Teens More Likely to Use Sexual Health Text Message Service

Fitts Willoughby, Jessica (2015), Health, Education and Behaviour, doi: 10.1177/1090198115577377

The Existence of a Hidden Curriculum in Sex and Relationships Education in Secondary Schools

Smith, Bethany (2015), British Education Studies Association, Volume 1(1)

Homosexuality, religion and the contested legal framework governing sex education in England

Vanderbeck, Robert M. & Paul Johnson (2015), Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2015.1028152

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