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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

Conception Statistics, England and Wales, 2012

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.  

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

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.

Nations couples are happiest before they pop the question

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.

Record share of wives are more educated than their husbands

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

Childmind the gap: Reforming childcare to support mothers into work

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.

Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements

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.

Journal articles

Are Couples with Young Children More Likely to Split Up When the Mother is the Main or an Equal Earner?

Kanji, Shireen and Schober, Pia (February 2014) Sociology, 48(1)

Does premarital education decrease or increase couples’ later help-seeking?

Williamson, Hannah C.; Trail, Thomas E.; Bradbury, Thomas N. and Karney, Benjamin R (February 2014) Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 28(1).

Exploring processes of change in couple relationship education: Predictors of change in relationship quality.

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).

Spousal Relationship Quality and Cardiovascular Risk: Dyadic Perceptions of Relationship Ambivalence Are Associated With Coronary-Artery Calcification

Uchino, Bert N.; Smith, Timothy W. and Berg, Cynthia A. (February 2014) Psychological Science, doi: 10.1177/0956797613520015.


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