OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest July 2013
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
Divorce has a greater influence on child-parent relationships if it happens in the first few years of the child’s life, suggests new research.
A study looking for evidence of adaptation in wellbeing to major life events using eighteen waves of British panel data. Adaptation to marriage, divorce, birth of child and widowhood appears to be rapid and complete; this is not so for unemployment.
Couples who ‘slide’ into living together and then segue into marriage face more long-term issues than those who actively ‘decide’ to take the same steps, according to the latest study.
The most common thing that couples want from each other during a conflict is not an apology, but a willingness to relinquish power, according to a new Baylor University study.
Policy and practice
Relationship education programmes have been shown as an effective way to increase relationship functioning. There is less known about how process factors, such as alliance with the leader or group dynamics affect outcomes in these interventions. The results of this study demonstrated that participants’ perceptions of cohesion among the members of their relationship education, but not leader-participant alliance, made a significant contribution to the changes in participants’ relationship functioning.
No 10 confirms government will introduce measure in autumn, with Clegg expected to seek concessions on personal allowance
The government’s groundbreaking Troubled Families programme is to be expanded, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced. An additional £200 million will be invested to start to extend intensive help to 400,000 high risk families to get to grips with their problems before they spiral out of control.
The Commons has approved all changes proposed to the bill by the Lords, and on 17th July it received royal assent and become law
Theiss, J., Estlein, R. and Weber, K. (2013) Personal Relationships, Vol. 20(2)
Holley, S., Haase, C. and Levenson, R. (2013) Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 75(4)
Farr, R. and Patterson, C. (July/ August 2013), Child Development, Vol. 84(4).
Archuleta, K. (2013) Marriage and Family Review, Vol. 49(5)
Righetti, F. Finkenauer, C. and Finkel, E. (2013) Psychological Science, Vol. 24(7)
Ponnet, K., Mortelmans, D., Wouters, E., Van Leeuwan, K., Bastaits, K. and Pasteels, I. (June 2013) Personal Relationships, Vol. 20(2)
Vespa, J. (2013) Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 75(4)
Bersamin, M., Zamboanga, B,. Schwartz, S., Donnellan, M., Hudson, M., Weisskirch, R., Kim, S., Agocha, V., Whitbourne, S. and Caraway, S. (2013) Journal of Sex Research, DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2013.772088
Gordon, A. and Chen, S. (2013) Social Psychological and Personality Science, Vol. 4(4)
Sandberg, J., Harper, J., Hill, E., Miller, R., Yorgason, J. and Day, R. (2013) Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 75 (4).
Rodriquez, A. and Margolin, G. (July 2013) Family Process, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12037
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