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.
Bradford, Angela B., Alan J. Hawkins and Jennifer Acker (2015), Family Process, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12151
Rhoades, Galena K. (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12148
Rönkä, Anna, Kaisa Malinen, Kimmo Jokinen and Sanna Häkkinen (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 no. 2 180-189
Kim Halford, Christopher A. Pepping and Jemima Petch (2015), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12120
Hallgren, Kevin A. and Barbara S. McCrady (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12150
Marciano, Susan T., Erik Drasgow, and Ryan G. Carlson (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 132-140
Rockinson-Szpakiw, Amanda J., Lucinda S. Spaulding and Anita Knight (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 141-146
Karaffa, Kerry, Linda Openshaw, Julie Koch, Hugh Clark, Cynthia Harr and Chris Stewart (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 120-131
Boutwell, Brian B.; Barnes, J. C. and Beaver, Kevin M. (2015), Review of General Psychology, Vol 19(1), 30-38
Keizer, Renske and Aafke Komter (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12194
Fahs, Breanne and Adrielle Munger (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12073
Giebel, Gilda, James Moran, Anne Schawohl and Roland Weierstall (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12079
Vrangalova, Zhana and Rachel E. Bukberg (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12076
Farrell, Allison K., Jeffry A. Simpson and Alexander J. Rothman (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12072
Reese-Weber, Marla (2015), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12074
Garneau, Chelsea L., Brian Higginbotham and Francesca Adler-Baeder (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12153
Trahan, Jr, Don P. and Kristopher M. Goodrich (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 147-157
Ziv, Ido and Yael Freund-Eschar (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2) 158-166
Maleck, Sarah and Lauren M. Papp (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (5), 567-588
Joshua M. Gold, (2015), The Family Journal, vol. 23 (2), 194-200
Coleman, Lester; Houlston, Catherine; Casey, Polly; Purdon, Susan; Bryson, Caroline (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), pp. 35-51(17)
Elizabeth, Vivienne and Baker, Maureen (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), pp. 53-70(18)
Probert, Rebecca (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4, (1), March 2015, pp. 157-162(6)
Hayton, Richard (2015), Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), March 2015, pp. 151-156(6)
Van Acker, Liz (2015) Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 4 (1), March 2015, pp. 149-150(2)
Backer-Fulghum, Lindsey M.; Sanford, Keith (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(2), 253-262
Matthew D. Johnson, Matthew D. and Jared R. Anderson (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12198
Smith, Timothy W.; Williams, Paula G. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(2), 302-307
Bourassa, Kyle J.; Sbarra, David A.; Whisman, Mark A. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000075
Sbarra, David A., Karen Hasselmo, and Kyle J. Bourassa (2015), Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 24 (2), 109-113
Stack, Steven and Jonathan Scourfield (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (6), 695-715
Goldberg, Julia S. and Carlson, Marcia J. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000078
Horvath, Catherine A. & Catherine M. Lee (2015), Marriage & Family Review, doi: 10.1080/01494929.2014.955938
Ungar, Michael (2015), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12124
Osborne, Cynthia and Nora Ankrum (2015), Family Court Review, 53: 221–232
Pickar, Daniel B. and Rebecca L. Kaufman (2015), Family Court Review, Volume 53, (2), pages 304–316
Dion, M. Robin, Heather Zaveri and Pamela Holcomb (2015), Family Court Review, Volume 53, (2), pages 292–303
Riina, Elizabeth M. and Susan M. McHale (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (7) 902-923
Yavorsky, Jill E., Claire M. Kamp Dush and Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, Volume 77 (3), pages 662–679
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
Wyverkens, Elia, Veerle Provoost, An Ravelingien, Guido Pennings, Petra De Sutter and Ann Buysse (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12156
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
Leopold, Thomas and Jan Skopek (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12199
Fivecoat, Hayley C., Jennifer M. Tomlinson, Arthur Aron, and Peter A. Caprariello (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (3), 368-385
El-Sheikh, Mona; Kelly, Ryan J.; Koss, Kalsea J.; Rauer, Amy J. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000083
Weigel, Daniel J., Bret A. Davis, and Kristy C. Woodard (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (3), 344-367
Niehuis, Sylvia, Alan Reifman, and Kyung-Hee Lee (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (7), 951-973
Williams, Deadric T., Jacob E. Cheadle, and Bridget J. Goosby (2015), Journal of Family, vol. 36 (7), 924-950
Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina, Sara Hutchison, and Davide Morselli (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (3), 386-405
James, Spencer L. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000082
Fitts Willoughby, Jessica (2015), Health, Education and Behaviour, doi: 10.1177/1090198115577377
Smith, Bethany (2015), British Education Studies Association, Volume 1(1)
Vanderbeck, Robert M. & Paul Johnson (2015), Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2015.1028152
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