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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – February 2015

By OnePlusOne, 27 February 2015 Children, Civil partnerships, Divorce, Separation, Sex, Stepfamilies, 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.

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Research and statistics

Families and Households, 2014

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.

Civil Partnerships in the UK, 2013

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.

Economists Find Rare Empirical Evidence of Love in Unique Marriage Survey

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.

Students turn to porn to fill the gaps in their sex education

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.

It takes just 11 weeks to get over a break-up (but divorcees need 18 months to move on)

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

MOJ publishes further research on MIAMs

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.

All schools should have to provide PSHE and SRE

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.

State ‘should offer parenting lessons to every family’

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.

50,000 more single parents can claim child support – here’s how

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.

Journal articles

Is couple and relationship education effective for lower income participants? A meta-analytic study

Hawkins, Alan J.; Erickson, Sage E. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1) 59-68

The Validity of Retrospectively Reported Conflict Interactions in Couples

Backer-Fulghum, Lindsey M.; Sanford, Keith (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, DOI: 10.1037/fam0000057

The interpersonal process model of demand/withdraw behaviour

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

Attached to monogamy? Avoidance predicts willingness to engage (but not actual engagement) in consensual non-monogamy

Amy C. Moors, Terri D. Conley, Robin S. Edelstein, William J. Chopik (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 32 (2) 222-240

Associations between attempts at physical intimacy and relational outcomes among cohabiting and married couples

Chelom Eastwood Leavitt, Brian J. Willoughby (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2), 241-262

Immediate Effect of Couple Relationship Education on Low Satisfaction Couples: A Randomized Clinical Trial Plus an Uncontrolled Trial Replication

  1. 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

“I’ve Redeemed Myself by Being a 1950s ‘Housewife’”: Parent–Grandparent Relationships in the Context of Lesbian Childbirth

Petra Nordqvist (2015), Journal of Family Issues, vol. 36 (4), 480-500

The ecology of relationships: Meeting locations and cohabitors’ relationship perceptions

Sharon Sassler, Amanda Jayne Miller (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2), 141-160

Love Online: How Relationship Awareness on Facebook Relates to Relationship Quality Among College Students

Mai-Ly N. Steers, Camilla S, Julie A. Brunson, Linda K. Acitelli (2015), Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 10.1037/ppm0000067

Considering social work assessment of families

Lauren Devine (2015), Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2015.998005

The influence of Emotion Down-Regulation on the Expectation of Sexual Reward

Mirte Brom, Ellen Laan, Walter Everaerd, Philip Spinhovena, Janna Cousijn, Stephanie Both (2015), Behavior Therapy, doi:10.1016/j.beth.2015.01.005

Above and below baselines: The nonmonotonic effects of dyadic emotional support in daily life

Eran Bar-Kalifa. Eshkol Rafaeli (2015), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 32 (2) 161-179

Mediation and moderation of divorce effects on children’s behavior problems

Weaver, Jennifer M.; Schofield, Thomas J. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1), 39-48

Influences of acute alcohol consumption, sexual precedence, and relationship motivation on women’s relationship and sex appraisals and unprotected sex intentions

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

Brides and young couples: Partners’ weight, weight change, and perceptions of attractiveness

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

Step-parenting issues and relationship quality: The role of clear communication

Garrett T Pace, Kevin Shafer, Todd M Jensen, Jeffry H Larson (2015), Journal of Social Work January, vol. 15 (1) 24-44

Adolescents’ Perceptions of Family Belonging in Stepfamilies

Valarie King, Lisa M. Boyd and Maggie L. Thorsen (2015), Journal of Marriage and Family, DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12181

Leaving Home and Boomerang Decisions: A Family Simulation Protocol

Rosalie V. Otters & James F. Hollander (2015), Marriage & Family Review,

Volume 51 (1), 2015

Children exposed to intimate partner violence: Influences of parenting, family distress, and siblings

Tailor, Ketan; Stewart-Tufescu, Ashley; Piotrowski, Caroline (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1), 29-38

Always follow your nose: The functional significance of social chemosignals in human reproduction and survival

Katrin T. Lübke, Bettina M. Pause (2015), Hormones and Behavior, Volume 68, 134–144

Strengthening the Role of Unmarried Fathers: Findings from the Co-Parent Court Project

Mary S. Marczak, Emily H. Becher, Alisha M. Hardman, Dylan L. Galos and Ebony Ruhland (2015), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12134

Coparenting and children’s temperament predict firstborns’ cooperation in the care of an infant sibling

Song, Ju-Hyun; Volling, Brenda L. (2015), Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 29(1), 130-135

The Perceptions of Community Change through Promoting Positive Sexual Health: A Teenage Pregnancy Program Evaluation

Quynh Lê, Stuart Auckland, Hoang Boi Nguyen, Daniel R Terry (2015), Universal Journal of Public Health, Vol. 3(2), pp. 55 – 64

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Family Therapy in Juvenile Drug Court

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



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