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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – November 2014

By opo_webmaster, 01 December 2014 Health, Marriage, Parenting, Pregnancy, Separation, Strengthening relationships

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

Free relationship counselling for parents to rescue marriages

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.


Helping women in prison maintain family links

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.


National Adoption Leadership Board releases “Adoption myth buster”

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.


2% increase in care applications received by Cafcass in October

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


Women’s Well-Being Suffers More When Marriage Ends

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.


Relationships affect couples’ memories

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.


Young twice as likely to face family breakdown as parents’ generation

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.


What is the best way to tackle homophobic biphobic and transphobic bullying among school aged children and young people?

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.


Journal articles


Differences in Relationship Quality Measurement and Covariate Influence Between Individuals in First and Second Marriages: A Propensity Score Analysis

Jensena, T. M., Shafer, K. & Larson, J. H. (2014), Marriage & Family Review, Vol 50(8), 639-664


What Exactly Is an Unusual Sexual Fantasy?

Christian C. Joyal PhD, Amélie Cossette BSc, and Vanessa Lapierre BSc (2014), The Journal of Sexual Medicine, doi: 10.1111/jsm.12734


What do you get when you make somebody else’s partner your own? An analysis of relationships formed via mate poaching

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


Using modern technology to keep in touch with back burners: An investment model analysis

Jayson L. Dibble, Michelle Drouin (2014), Computers in Human Behavior, Vol 34, 96–100


Do we look happy? Perceptions of romantic relationship quality on Facebook

Lydia f. Emery, Amy Muise, Elizabeth Alpert and Benjamin Le (2014), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12059


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


Same-Sex Marriage and the Boundaries of Diversity: Will Marriage and Family Therapy Remain Inclusive of Religious and Social Conservatives?

Christopher H. Rosik (2014), Marriage & Family Review, Vol 50, Issue 8, 714-737


New families, new governance and old habits

Ian Butler (2014), Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Vol 36 (4), 415-425


Longitudinal Patterns of Women’s Marital Quality: The Case of Divorce, Cohabitation, and Race-Ethnicity

Spencer James (2014), Marriage & Family Review, Vol 50 (8), 738-763


Family Communication about Donor Conception: A Qualitative Study with Lesbian Parents

Hanna Van Parys, Elia Wyverkens, Veerle Provoost, Petra De Sutter, Guido Pennings and Ann Buysse (2014), Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12112


Social Network Characteristics of Early Midlife Voluntarily and Involuntarily Childless Couples

Jenny Wagner, Cornelia Wrzus, Franz J. Neyer, Frieder R. Lang (2015), Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 36 (1) 87-110


Effects of self-disclosure and responsiveness between couples on passionate love within couples

Keith M. Welker, Lynzey Baker, Alexandra Padilla, Hannah Holmes, Arthur Aron and Richard B. Slatcher (2014), Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1111/pere.12058


Strengthening the Systemic Ties that Bind: Integrating Common Factors into Marriage and Family Therapy Curricula

Eli A. Karam, Adrian J. Blow, Douglas H. Sprenkle and Sean D. Davis (2014), Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12096


Targeting Threats to the Therapeutic Alliance: A Primer for Marriage and Family Therapy Training

Eli A. Karam, Douglas H. Sprenkle and Sean D. Davis (2014), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12097



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