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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – July 2014

By opo_webmaster, 31 July 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

Council on Contemporary Families Gender Rebound Symposium

This report from the Council on Contemporary Families brings together a number of briefs assessing the state of American attitudes about marriage and women’s equality within it. The report reveals that public support for working mothers and dual-earner families is on the rise and new research suggests that in marriages formed since the early 1990s, men and women are much more happy with non-traditional arrangements than in the past.

Holiday Childcare Survey 2014

Report on the annual survey from the Family and Childcare Trust considering holiday childcare and its availability across Britain. Including an additional survey of parents to understand their experience of childcare. Findings suggest that only 27% or English Local Authorities and six per cent in Wales have enough provision of childcare for working families.

Making decisions about work in low-income couple households: Final report to the Child Poverty Unit

This qualitative study from the DWP aims to develop a deeper understanding of the attitudes and behaviours of non working (or very part time working) partnered parents living in low income households, prior to the roll out of Universal Credit. It builds on an earlier qualitative study conducted for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which looked at work decisions in low-income couple households with one earner (Collard and Atkinson, 2009).

Post-separation parenting, property and relationship dynamics after five years

This report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies uses data from the third wave of the Longitudinal Study of Separated Families (LSSF), a national study of parents with children under 18 years old who separated after the 2006 family law reforms were introduced in Australia. The LSSF provides an understanding of family dynamics, pathways taken through the family law system, care-time arrangements, property division, child support arrangements and children’s wellbeing five to seven years after the family’s separation.


Policy and practice

FPA launches sex and relationships education resource for primary schools

Sexual health charity FPA has launched a primary school resource, aimed at helping pupils stay safe both in real life and online situations. The resource ‘Growing up with Yasmine and Tom’ covers a number of topics including the potential dangers of social networking and sexting. It is designed to be used with pupils aged five to 11 and is part of a push to start relationship education at an earlier age.

Fully Committed? How government could reverse family breakdown

In response to the rates of family breakdown, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) have put together this report in which they consider the consequences of family breakdown and make recommendations for government for building an environment in which stable and good quality relationships are able to thrive.

No more baby steps: A strategy for revolutionising childcare

This report from the IPPR sets out plans for how they believe the UK can move towards a universal, high quality and affordable childcare and early years provision, complemented by reforms to parental leave and flexible employment.

Number 52: – A safe and supportive family environment for children: key components and links to child outcomes

A report from the Australian Government Department for Social Services responding to the number of children becoming known to child protection services. Taking a broad public health approach, and using data from the Longitudinal study of Australian children, the report aims to understand more about the prevalence of different family environments in society and to explore the influence of these environments on different child outcomes.


Journal articles

Can Pro-Marriage Policies Work? An Analysis of Marginal Marriages

Wolfgang Frimmel, Martin Halla and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer (2014) Demography. 51(4): 1357-79.

Do co-residence and intentions make a difference? Relationship satisfaction in married, cohabiting, and living apart together couples in four countries

Tsui-o Tai, Janeen Baxter and Belinda Hewitt (2014) Demographic Research. doi:10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.3.

Dynamic Family System Trajectories From Pregnancy to Child’s First Year

Jallu Lindblom, Marjo Flykt, Asko Tolvanen, Mervi Vänskä, Aila Tiitinen, Maija Tulppala and Raija-Leena Punamäki (2014) Journal of Marriage and Family. 76(4): 796-807.

Framing love: When it hurts to think we were made for each other

Spike W.S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz (2014) Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 54: 61-7.

Growing old together: Compassionate love and health in older adulthood

Amy J. Rauer, Allen Sabey and Jakob F. Jensen (2014) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 51(5): 677-96.

Nonresident Father Involvement With Children and Divorced Women’s Likelihood of Remarriage

Catherine B. McNamee, Paul Amato and Valarie King (2014) Journal of Marriage and Family. 76(4): 862-74.

Parents’ Relationship Quality and Children’s Behavior in Stable Married and Cohabiting Families

Julia S. Goldberg and Marcia J. Carlson (2014) Journal of Marriage and Family. 76(4):762-77.

The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution

Christine R. Schwartz and Hongyun Han (2014) American Sociological Review. 79(4): 605-29.

Trends in Cohabitation Outcomes: Compositional Changes and Engagement Among Never-Married Young Adults

Karen Benjamin Guzzo (2014) Journal of Marriage and Family. 76(4): 836-42.



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