OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – February 2014
By OnePlusOne, 28 February 2014 Strengthening relationships
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
The ONS released the most recent conception statistics this month, showing a further drop in the under 18 conception rate which are the lowest since 1969.
The number of conceptions to women of all ages has seen a slight drop (2.7%) In addition conception rates in 2012 increased for women aged 35 years and over, and decreased for women aged under 35 years.
This Pew Research Project looks at the impact of digital technology on the relationships of American couples. It considers how technology can be used as a source of support and communication, the types of tensions that it can cause and the number of couples who share passwords and accounts.
According to new data released from Alere and Roy Morgan Research people in Australia planning to get married, but who are not yet engaged, have the best overall health. Separated and divorced people are the least healthy with poor psychological scores and high rates of smoking.
A Pew Research Centre analysis of US census data shows that for the first time since they started tracking the trend 50 years ago, the share of couples in which the wife is the one “marrying down” educationally is higher than those in which the husband has more education.
Policy and practice
The IPPR have produced a report exploring the factors behind maternal employment in the UK, and the role of affordable, accessible childcare in supporting mothers who want to work, or to work more, to do so.
The Law Commission have published a set of measures to make it easier for couples to manage their financial affairs on divorce or at the end of a civil partnership.
The report includes a draft Bill which, if implemented, would bring legally-recognised “qualifying nuptial agreements” into effect.
Kanji, Shireen and Schober, Pia (February 2014) Sociology, 48(1)
Williamson, Hannah C.; Trail, Thomas E.; Bradbury, Thomas N. and Karney, Benjamin R (February 2014) Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 28(1).
Rauer, Amy J.; Adler-Baeder, Francesca; Lucier-Greer, Mallory; Skuban, Emily; Ketring, Scott A. and Smith, Thomas. (February 2014) Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 28(1).
Uchino, Bert N.; Smith, Timothy W. and Berg, Cynthia A. (February 2014) Psychological Science, doi: 10.1177/0956797613520015.
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