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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

Conception Statistics, England and Wales, 2012

Release from the ONS showing the lowest under 18 conception rate and lowest number of conceptions to under 18s since 1969.

How Have Living Arrangements and Marital Status in England and Wales Changed Since 2001

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.

Sorting out Separation Web app: evaluation of effectiveness

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

250,000 more children living with both birth parents

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.

Midwives, GPs and registrars to help tackle family breakdown

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.

Transferable tax allowances for married couples and civil partners

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 develops ‘new, improved’ Parenting Plan to support co-operative parenting

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.

Journal articles

“You make me a better/worse person”: A two-dimensional model of relationship self-change

Mattingly, B. A., Lewabdowski, G. W. Jr. and McIntyre, K. P. (2014) Personal Relationships, 21(1): 176-190.

Early Romantic Relationships Linked With Improved Child Behavior 8 Years Later

Ratcliffe, G. C., Norton, A. M. and Durtschi, J. A. (2014) Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14525618

Healthy Relationship Education: A Statewide Initiative Case Study and Outcome Evaluation

Bradford, K., Higginbotham, B. and Skogrand, L. (2014) Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14525618

Online Social Support for Parents: A Critical Review

Doty, J. L. and Dworkin, J. (2014) Marriage and Family Review, 50(2): 174-198.

Two Decades of Stability and Change in Age at First Union Formation

Manning, W. D., Brown, S. L. and Payne, K. K. (2014) Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(2): 247-260.

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