OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – November 2014
Welcome to this month’s roundup of the latest key research and policy news to emerge from the field of relationships. In this edition, we cover the latest on the government’s free relationship support initiative, programmes that support family links for women in prison, and the new myth-busting tool for local authorities working with potential adopters.
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Policy and practice
New parents will be given relationship counselling by health visitors under government plans to instil ‘basic concepts such as love, compassion and trust’ and prevent marriage breakdown, Iain Duncan Smith has said.
Women in custody will be given help to maintain vital ties with their families through the introduction of family engagement workers in all public sector women’s prisons, Justice minister Simon Hughes has announced.
The National Adoption Leadership Board (NALB) – which is headed by Sir Martin Narey and includes members from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services – has released a statement it describes as an ‘adoption myth-buster’ for local authorities, designed to clarify the consequences of legal judgments.
In October 2014, Cafcass received a total of 999 applications. This figure represents a 2% increase compared to those received in October 2013.
Research and statistics
Married Americans tend to have higher wellbeing than non-married Americans, particularly those who are divorced or separated, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Women typically have higher wellbeing than men across all marital statuses. The significant exception is that there is essentially no gender difference in wellbeing among those who are separated, the group with the lowest wellbeing.
Research from the University of Illinois indicates that happier couples accurately remember events from their relationship, whereas those whose commitment to each other has not developed have trouble doing the same. The study examined 232 couples who had been together for an average of two years but had not married. Each month, the couples were asked what their chances of getting married were, expressed as a percentage.
A study by the Marriage Foundation – the think-tank set up by the former High Court family judge Sir Paul Coleridge – estimates that those who marry and have children are effectively more than six times as likely to stay together as those who raise a family without tying the knot.
Stakeholders and schools do lots to prevent and reduce this type of bullying in schools but up until now there has been no full review of what is thought to work best. Ideas about what worked also usually reflect the views of people and organisations committed to tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia(HBT), although they aren’t always in schools day-to-day.
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Christian C. Joyal PhD, Amélie Cossette BSc, and Vanessa Lapierre BSc (2014), The Journal of Sexual Medicine, doi: 10.1111/jsm.12734
Joshua D. Foster, Peter K. Jonason, Ilan Shrira, W. Keith Campbell, Levi K. Shiverdecker, Sydneyjane C. Varner (2014), Journal of Research in Personality, Vol 52, 78–90
Jayson L. Dibble, Michelle Drouin (2014), Computers in Human Behavior, Vol 34, 96–100
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Intimate Relationship Involvement, Intimate Relationship Quality, and Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents
Whisman, Mark A.; Johnson, Daniel P.; Li, Angela; Robustelli, Briana L. (2014), Journal of Family Psychology, doi: 10.1037/fam0000026
Christopher H. Rosik (2014), Marriage & Family Review, Vol 50, Issue 8, 714-737
Ian Butler (2014), Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Vol 36 (4), 415-425
Spencer James (2014), Marriage & Family Review, Vol 50 (8), 738-763
Hanna Van Parys, Elia Wyverkens, Veerle Provoost, Petra De Sutter, Guido Pennings and Ann Buysse (2014), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12112
Jenny Wagner, Cornelia Wrzus, Franz J. Neyer, Frieder R. Lang (2015), Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 36 (1) 87-110
Keith M. Welker, Lynzey Baker, Alexandra Padilla, Hannah Holmes, Arthur Aron and Richard B. Slatcher (2014), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12058
Eli A. Karam, Adrian J. Blow, Douglas H. Sprenkle and Sean D. Davis (2014), Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12096
Eli A. Karam, Douglas H. Sprenkle and Sean D. Davis (2014), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12097