OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – June 2014
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
This ONS release summarises the distribution of family types (married couples, cohabiting couples and lone parents with/without dependent children) within England and Wales and the interaction with family size (number of dependent children). Variations in family size and type by country of birth are also highlighted.
Forthcoming research from the Association of Psychological Science suggests that when faced with a personal dilemma, you are likely to think about it more wisely if you think as an outside observer.
A new report for the Australian Government reviews recent research findings into couples in long-term relationships (married and de facto) that provide insight into the couple relationship over time. The paper addresses aspects of couple relationships such as commitment, personality traits, transitioning to parenthood, health, and relationship satisfaction.
ONS data on Marriages in England and Wales in 2012 including discussion of trends, the number of marriages performed as civil ceremonies and age of marriage.
Emerging evidence is showing that women who live to be oldest are more likely to be those that had children at an older age. Further research is needed to unpack the relationship between genetics, reproductive fitness and life age.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) published a report from the third wave of the Longitudinal Study of Separated Families. 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
A paper presented at the Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting Programme considering cohabitation across four different countries (Norway, France, Italy, Romania, and U.S.) and its meaning across those countries.
To evaluate those fatherhood programs and best serve low-income fathers, Temple University and the Center for Policy Research (CPR) in Denver have launched the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). The FRPN seeks to provide researchers and practitioners with collaborative opportunities for evaluating fatherhood programs and communicating information that leads to more effective implementation of successful fatherhood programs.
IPPR’s Condition of Britain Report for social renewal aims to set out a new agenda for reforming the state and social policy to enable people in Britain to work together to build a stronger society in tough times.
This article describes a process of clinical interviewing that helps the therapist bring forward and organize specific information into relational hypotheses (systemic-relational conceptualizations). These allow both family members and the therapist to understand presenting problems within their relational contexts.
Ziol-Guest, K. M. and Dunifon, R. E. (2014) Family Relations, 63(3): 424-437.
Balbo, N. and Barban, N. (2014) American Sociological Review, 79(2):412-431.
Amato, P. (2014) Family Relations, 63(3): 343-355.
Dijkstra, P., Barelds, D, P. H., Groothof, H. A. K. and Marnix van Bruggen (2014) Personal and Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12142
Vaillancourt, K. T. and Few-Demo, A. L. (2014) The Family Journal, 22(3): 311-320.
O’Brien, E. R. and Young, M. E. (2014) The Family Journal, 22(3): 347-349.
Jamison, T. B., Coleman, M., Ganong, L. H. and Feistman, R. E. (2014) Family Relations, 63(3): 411-423.
Bar-Kalifa, E., & Rafaeli, E. (2014) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, published online before print, DOI: 10.1177/0265407514525888
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