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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – June 2013

By OnePlusOne, 21 June 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

Family Size in the UK

An infographic analysing families in the UK by the number of children they have.

Fractured Families: Why Stability Matters

A report by the Centre for Social Justice bringing together various research and statistics to build on the previous work of Breakdown Britain (2006) and Breakthrough Britain (2007), considering the changes in family structure and the impact of these changes in the UK.

Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2013

On Thursday 13 June, the Government published the latest figures on the distribution of income and the extent of poverty in the UK covering 2011-12. This is the fuller report released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on the latest figures and recent trends. It looks at the factors driving the changes in incomes and poverty observed, and looks ahead to prospects for income growth and poverty over the coming years.

Measuring National Well-being – What matters most to Personal Well-Being?

This article uses data from the Annual Population Survey collected by the ONS between April 2011 and March 2012 which includes measures of personal well-being. Among the areas examined is the nature of our relationships which are highlighted as having an important influence on personal well-being.


Policy and practice

Doing Family: Encouraging Active Fatherhood

A submission to the labour policy review by David Lammy MP.

Fathers work the hardest, but not as hard as they used to…

Men with a partner and children at home work longer hours than other men in full-time work, but the number of hours they work has been in decline over the last 10 years, according to new research published by the University of East Anglia and NatCen Social Research.

How Family Conflict Affects Children

New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reveals why some children are badly affected by negative family conflicts while other children survive without significant problems. As the nature of the parents’ relationship is so important, intervention programmes that focus solely on parenting skills and practices may miss out ways of helping children deal with emotional and behavioural problems especially when there are high levels of inter-parental conflict.

Parent-skills training in intensive home-based family support programs

Article from Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) by Iannos M and Antcliff G considering the role of practitioners in intensive family support programmes, which focus on keeping children safe in a “risky” environment.

Strengthening relationships to prevent isolation and loneliness in old age

In the latest in a series of reports by various think tanks for housing association Hanover, the Centre for Social Justice calls for a national strategy to strengthen marriage and other relationships that could improve the quality of life for older people.


Journal articles

Core Self-Evaluations, Work–Family Conflict, and Burnout

Haines, V. Harvey, S. Durand, P. and Marchand, A. (2013) Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 75 (3)

Couples’ Online Cognitions during Conflict: Links between What Partners Think and their Relational Satisfaction

Vangelisti, A. L. Middleton, A. V. and Ebersole, D. S. (2013) Communication Monographs, Vol. 80 (2)

“Don’t stand so close to me”: An attachment perspective of disengagement and avoidance in marriage

Barry, R. A. and Lawrence, E. (2013) Journal of Family Psychology, Vol. 27 (3)

Marital Quality and Health over 20 Years: A Growth Curve Analysis

Miller, R. B. Hollist, C. S. Olsen, J. and Law,D. (2013) Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 75 (3)

‘My Friends are my Family’: an argument about the limitations of contemporary law’s recognition of relationships in later life

Westwood, S (2013) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, n/a. doi: 10.1080/09649069.2013.801688

Parental separation in childhood and adult inflammation: the importance of material and psychsocial pathways

Lacey, R. Kumari, M. and McMunn, A. (forthcoming) Psychoneuroendocrinology

Shared Reality and Grounded Feelings During Courtship: Do They Matter for Marital Success?

Wilson, A and Huston, T. (2013) Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 75 (3)

Trajectories of couple relationship satisfaction in families with infants: The roles of parent gender, personality, and depression in first-time and experienced parents

Bower, D., Jia, R., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Brown, G. L. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 30 (4)
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