OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – March 2014
By OnePlusOne, 31 March 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
Release from the ONS showing the lowest under 18 conception rate and lowest number of conceptions to under 18s since 1969.
ONS analysis of the 2011 Census data on marital status (legal partnership status including marriage and civil partnership) for adults (aged 16 and over) usually resident in England and Wales, noting key changes since 2001.
Key findings include the greatest increase in the single (never married) category, and declines in the number and proportion of people who were widowed. In addition, the release explore the 3.7% of married people not living together and not defining themselves as separated.
DWP evaluation of the Sorting Out Separation Web app launched in November 2012. This research was commissioned to evaluate whether the Web app meets the information, support and signposting needs of separating and separated couples (including the harder to reach), and to identify any potential changes which would enhance its value and usefulness.
Policy and practice
The proportion of children whose parents are raising them together rose from 67% in 2010/11 to 69% in 2011/12, according to the latest Family Stability Indicator. The indicator is one element of the government’s Social Justice Strategy, aimed at supporting the most disadvantaged families and individuals.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, is considering enlisting the support of midwives, GPs and registrars to help reduce the levels of family breakdown.
This allows a spouse or civil partner who is not liable to income tax above the basic rate to transfer £1,050 of their personal allowance to their spouse/civil partner, provided that the recipient of the transfer is not liable to income tax above the basic rate.
Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service, has developed a new and improved Parenting Plan, an interactive tool to help parents (and other family members) following separation to parent co-operatively. The plan is intended to support parents towards making practical decisions about parenting and resolving disputes in a way that retains focus on their child. Child safety and security is central to the revised plan which looks to halt the escalation of disagreements and potential courtroom battles.
Mattingly, B. A., Lewabdowski, G. W. Jr. and McIntyre, K. P. (2014) Personal Relationships, 21(1): 176-190.
Ratcliffe, G. C., Norton, A. M. and Durtschi, J. A. (2014) Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14525618
Bradford, K., Higginbotham, B. and Skogrand, L. (2014) Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14525618
Doty, J. L. and Dworkin, J. (2014) Marriage and Family Review, 50(2): 174-198.
Manning, W. D., Brown, S. L. and Payne, K. K. (2014) Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(2): 247-260.
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