OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – February 2015
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.
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Research and statistics
The ONS has released its Household and Families 2014 statistical bulletin, providing annual statistics on the number of families by type, people in families by type and children in families by type. The bulletin also presents statistics for 1996 to 2014 on the number of households by type, household size and people living alone. According to the data cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014 – the fastest growing type of family in the UK.
This bulletin from the ONS presents annual statistics on civil partnership formations in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013. Statistics on civil partnership dissolution in Northern Ireland, England and Wales in 2013 are also reported. Dissolution statistics for Scotland and the UK are not currently available for 2013.
A new study by two University of Virginia economists, Leora Friedberg and Steven Stern, has found quantitative evidence of love – something very few economic studies ever have claimed – in married couples’ answers to two penetrating questions about the quality of their marriage, combined with their divorce rates six years later.
In a NUS survey, students agree that porn is a standard part of a young person’s life. The results reinforce the NUS’s call for statutory Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) as part of its New Deal general election manifesto. 90% of the 2,500 respondents, who are now in university, echo the call.
A new study, aimed at discovering the positive effects of break-ups, has suggested it takes three months to get over a relationship falling apart. Research found that it takes 11 weeks to feel the beneficial effects of a relationship split. This follows previous findings that it could take up to six months to be able to move on.
Policy and practice
The Ministry of Justice has published Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation in private family law disputes: Quantitative Findings. The first report of this research programme was based on qualitative interviews with mediators and clients and was published in April 2014.
Age appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) should be introduced as statutory subjects into primary for children as young as five, the Education Committee has recommended.
All parents should be offered state-funded classes in how to bring up their families in a bid to tackle rising levels of child obesity, mental distress and underachievement, one of Britain’s leading doctors has said.
A third of single parents turned down by the Child Support Agency for help in gaining child maintenance could now be eligible for financial support from ex-partners.
Hawkins, Alan J.; Erickson, Sage E. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1) 59-68
Backer-Fulghum, Lindsey M.; Sanford, Keith (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, DOI: 10.1037/fam0000057
Baucom, Brian R.; Dickenson, Janna A.; Atkins, David C.; Baucom, Donald H.; Fischer, Melanie S.; Weusthoff, Sarah; Hahlweg, Kurt; Zimmermann, Tanja (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1), 80-90
Amy C. Moors, Terri D. Conley, Robin S. Edelstein, William J. Chopik (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 32 (2) 222-240
Chelom Eastwood Leavitt, Brian J. Willoughby (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2), 241-262
- Kim Halford, Christopher A. Pepping, Peter Hilpert, Guy Bodenmann, Keithia L. Wilson, Dean Busby, Jeffry Larson, Thomas Holman (2015), Behavior Therapy, DOI:10.1016/j.beth.2015.02.001
Petra Nordqvist (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (4), 480-500
Sharon Sassler, Amanda Jayne Miller (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2), 141-160
Mai-Ly N. Steers, Camilla S, Julie A. Brunson, Linda K. Acitelli (2015), Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 10.1037/ppm0000067
Lauren Devine (2015), Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2015.998005
Mirte Brom, Ellen Laan, Walter Everaerd, Philip Spinhovena, Janna Cousijn, Stephanie Both (2015), Behavior Therapy, doi:10.1016/j.beth.2015.01.005
Eran Bar-Kalifa. Eshkol Rafaeli (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2) 161-179
Weaver, Jennifer M.; Schofield, Thomas J. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1), 39-48
Angela J. Jacques-Tiura, Jeanette Norris, Preston A. Kiekel, Kelly Cue Davis, Tina Zawacki, Diane M. Morrison, William H. George, Devon Alisa Abdallah (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2), 197-221
Ivanka Prichard, Janet Polivy, Véronique Provencher, C. Peter Herman, Marika Tiggemann, Kathleen Cloutier (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2) 263-278
Garrett T Pace, Kevin Shafer, Todd M Jensen, Jeffry H Larson (2015), Journal of Social Work January, vol. 15 (1) 24-44
Valarie King, Lisa M. Boyd and Maggie L. Thorsen (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12181
Rosalie V. Otters & James F. Hollander (2015), Marriage & Family Review,
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Tailor, Ketan; Stewart-Tufescu, Ashley; Piotrowski, Caroline (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1), 29-38
Katrin T. Lübke, Bettina M. Pause (2015), Hormones and Behavior, Volume 68, 134–144
Mary S. Marczak, Emily H. Becher, Alisha M. Hardman, Dylan L. Galos and Ebony Ruhland (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12134
Song, Ju-Hyun; Volling, Brenda L. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1), 130-135
Quynh Lê, Stuart Auckland, Hoang Boi Nguyen, Daniel R Terry (2015), Universal Journal of Public Health, Vol. 3(2), pp. 55 – 64
Dakof, Gayle A.; Henderson, Craig E.; Rowe, Cynthia L.; Boustani, Maya; Greenbaum, Paul E.; Wang, Wei; Hawes, Samuel; Linares, Clarisa; Liddle, Howard A. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, DOI: 10.1037/fam0000053