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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – June 2014

By opo_webmaster, 01 July 2014 Cohabitation, Fathers, Parenting, Postnatal depression, Strengthening relationships, Work-life balance

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

2011 Census Analysis: How do Living Arrangements, Family Type and Family Size Vary in England and Wales?

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.

Distance From a Conflict May Promote Wiser Reasoning

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.

Lasting couple relationships: Recent research findings

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.

Marriages in England and Wales (Provisional), 2012

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.

Older Moms More Likely to Live Longer

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.

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

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

The Changing Meaning of Cohabitation: A Sequence Analysis Approach

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.

Temple launches national network to evaluate fatherhood programs

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.

The Condition of Britain: Strategies for social renewal

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.

Thinking and Working Relationally – clinical practice

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.

Journal articles

Complex Living Arrangements and Child Health: Examining Family Structure Linkages with Children’s Health Outcomes

Ziol-Guest, K. M. and Dunifon, R. E. (2014) Family Relations, 63(3): 424-437.

Does Fertility Behavior Spread among Friends?

Balbo, N. and Barban, N. (2014) American Sociological Review, 79(2):412-431.

Does Social and Economic Disadvantage Moderate the Effects of Relationship Education on Unwed Couples? An Analysis of Data from the 15-Month Building Strong Families Evaluation

Amato, P. (2014) Family Relations, 63(3): 343-355.

Empathy in intimate relationships: The role of positive illusions

Dijkstra, P., Barelds, D, P. H., Groothof, H. A. K. and Marnix van Bruggen (2014) Personal and Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12142

Relational Dynamics of Swinging Relationships: An Exploratory Study

Vaillancourt, K. T. and Few-Demo, A. L. (2014) The Family Journal, 22(3): 311-320.

The Big Reframe: Helping Couples Develop an Interactive Definition

O’Brien, E. R. and Young, M. E. (2014) The Family Journal, 22(3): 347-349.

Transitioning to Postdivorce Family Life: A Grounded Theory Investigation of Resilience in Coparenting

Jamison, T. B., Coleman, M., Ganong, L. H. and Feistman, R. E. (2014) Family Relations, 63(3): 411-423.

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

Bar-Kalifa, E., & Rafaeli, E. (2014) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, published online before print, DOI: 10.1177/0265407514525888

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