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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – October 2013

By OnePlusOne, 25 October 2013 Cohabitation, Marriage

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

Child Trends Publication: Dating and Sexual Relationships

This Adolescent Health Highlight presents key research findings about the prevalence of, and trends in, adolescents’ dating and sexual relationships; discusses dating and sexual behaviours that may put adolescents at risk for negative outcomes; examines how these behaviours vary by gender, age, and race/ethnicity; and considers individual, family, and media influences on adolescents’ sexual behaviours.

Cohabitation and the Uneven Retreat from Marriage in the U.S., 1950-2010

An NBER Working paper tracing the changes in marriage and cohabitation in the US since the 1950s. It argues that different patterns of child-rearing are the key to understanding class differences in marriage and parenthood, not an unintended by-product of it.

Fathers’ age and its possible impact: an Australian summary

A report from the Fatherhood Institute: With the average age of childbearing for men and women rising over recent decades, the media often focuses on how a mother’s age can affect the health of her baby. But a growing body of research suggests prospective fathers’ age can also increase a child’s risk of developing certain conditions.

Live Births in England and Wales by Characteristics of Mother

This ONS bulletin presents statistics on live births in England and Wales in 2012 by characteristics of the mother. In particular, it provides birth statistics by age of mother, type of registration (within marriage/civil partnership, joint registration or sole registration), and average (mean) age of mother for all births and first births.

Parents choose flexible working as their top priority for improving quality of life, survey shows

Flexible working tops parents’ priorities according to a new survey carried out in recognition of National Parents’ Week (21-27 October) by UK charity, the Family and Childcare Trust.

Policy and practice

Chief Medical Officer: Prevention pays – our children deserve better

A report by the Chief Medical Officer on the challenges to the health and wellbeing of our children and young people. Included in the report are comments on the importance of parenting and family situation (Including maternal wellbeing and parent-child relationship) for the health of young people.

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

In common with most services for families, parenting programmes tend to be delivered to mothers only. In this new research summary from 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.

Perinatal Mental Health Experiences of Women and Health Professionals

Perinatal mental illness is relatively common amongst women and occurs in the period from conception to the baby’s first birthday. Research has shown that depression alone can affect one in seven women. This report by the charity Tommy’s describes the key findings from two surveys: of around 1,500 women; and of more than 2,000 health professionals.


Journal articles

Early relationships of adolescents: Evaluation and observation of romantic attachment and risk behaviour
Amber Letcher and Natasha Slesnick(2013) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1177/0265407513496368

Growing old together: Compassionate love and health in older adulthood
Amy J. Rauer, Allen Sabey and Jakob F. Jensen (2013) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, doi: 10.1177/0265407513503596

Of Money and Love: Joint Banking, Relationship Quality, and Cohabitation
Keli Ryan Steuber and Anthony Paik (2013) Journal of Family Issues, doi: 10.1177/0192513X13503324

Spouses’ involvement in their partners’ diabetes management: Associations with spouse stress and perceived marital quality.
August KJ, Rook KS, Franks MM, and Parris Stephens MA. (2013) Journal of Family Psychology, 27(5)

The costs of being put on a pedestal: Effects of feeling over-idealized
Jennifer M. Tomlinson, Arthur Aron, Cheryl L. Carmichael, Harry T. Reis and John G. Holmes (2013) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, doi: 0265407513498656


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