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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – November 2013

By opo_webmaster, 05 December 2013 Strengthening relationships

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

Relationships of pregnant teens examined

While some parents say children are their greatest joy, a recent Yale study found that in young couples, the quality of the relationship and the mental health of the individuals decline after the birth of the baby.

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

The landscape of union formation has been shifting; Americans are now marrying at the highest ages on record and the majority of young adults have cohabited. Yet, little attention has been paid to the timing of cohabitation relative to marriage. Using the National Survey of Families and Households and four cycles of the National Survey of Family Growth this paper examines the timing of marriage, cohabitation, and unions in the US over 20 years.

Using technology in service delivery to families, children and young people

Whether it’s connecting with others, finding information or accessing and engaging with services, “going online” has become an integral aspect of modern life. This paper from the Australian Government aims to give an overview of how using technology innovatively can add value to organisations working with families, children and young people. The use of web-based technology can, for example, increase awareness of an organisation and engagement with a broader audience, aid dissemination of targeted information and messages to clients in a timely and cost-efficient manner, and directly improve client outcomes.

Tackling in-work poverty by supporting dual-earning families

New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reviews trends in employment among couple families with children and considers policies and the wider context in four areas likely to affect their employment rate: family leave, childcare, the labour market, and the tax and benefit system.

What do we know about non-resident fathers?

A new paper from which tries to answer the question ‘what do we know about non-resident fathers?’ using data from Understanding Society to put together a nationally representative profile of who non-resident fathers are and the relationships they have with their children who do not live with them.


Policy and practice

Delivering parenting programmes to one or both parents: what works?

Do parenting programmes work better if they’re delivered to more than one parent – and if they engage with only one parent, does it matter which one? In common with most services for families, parenting programmes tend to be delivered to mothers only. In this new research summary form the Fatherhood Institute ‘Should parenting programmes engage with both parents?’, they set out to explore the state of the evidence about whether or not this is the most effective approach.

Edward Timpson voices support for Relationship Alliance launch

Edward Timpson, MP puts forward a statement of support for the launch of the Relationship Alliance on 11th November.

Does Universal Credit enable households to reach a minimum income standard?

The new Universal Credit (UC) benefit is designed to support households on low incomes and make work pay. This study from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at its effect on work incentives, and whether it enables households to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living as defined by members of the public: the Minimum Income Standard (MIS).

CSA closes its doors to new cases – as massive reform of child maintenance picks up pace

The Child Support Agency (CSA) has closed its doors to new applicants as the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) takes over all new child maintenance cases for the first time [1]. It is the start of the countdown to the closure of all existing CSA cases and government plans to start charging parents who want to use the new service.


Journal articles

“Date nights” take two: The maintenance function of shared relationship activities

Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C. and Faingataa, S. (November 2013) Personal Relationships, DOI: 10.1111/pere.12020

Emotion Regulation Predicts Marital Satisfaction: More Than a Wives’ Tale.

Bloch, L., Haase, C. M. and Levenson, R. W. (November 2013) Emotion, doi: 10.1037/a0034272

Longitudinal Associations among Fathers’ Perception of Coparenting, Partner Relationship Quality, and Paternal Stress during Early Childhood

Fagan, J. and Lee, Y. (November 2013) Family Process, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12055

Smooth Versus Rocky Transitions to Parenthood: Family Systems in Developmental Context

Holmes, E. K., Sasaki, T. and Hazen N. L. (December 2013) Family Relationships, 62(5): 824-837.

The Psychological Availability of Dual-Earner Parents for Their Children After Work

Danner-Vlaardingerbroek, G., Kluwer, E. S., van Steenbergen, E. F. and van der Lippe, T. (December 2013). Family Relations, 62(5):741-754.

Using Technology to Connect in Romantic Relationships: Effects on Attachment, Relationship Satisfaction, and Stability in Emerging Adults

Schadea, L. C., Sandberga, J., Beana, R., Busbya, D. and Coynea, S. (October 2013) Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12(4): 314-338.

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