OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – September 2013
By OnePlusOne, 27 September 2013
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
A report from CARE considering the changes in taxation since the 1980s and the degree to which they have met their desired goals.
An interactive tool which includes the latest data for all measures of wellbeing (as available at August 2013), and a previous period for comparison. It includes a number of relationship measures which impact on wellbeing.
The latest findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey: Over the last 30 years, particular types of personal relationships have attracted lots of debate. But what does the public think about sex, marriage and parenthood within the context of these relationships? How have people’s views changed over time and are everyone’s views moving in the same direction?
Policy and practice
Millions of British households are eligible to receive child maintenance from non-resident parents, but fewer than one-third receive payments regularly, and two-thirds receive nothing. This article reports on a comprehensive study of the British public’s views on these issues.
A survey of Members of Parliament has revealed that 69% of parliamentarians agree there is a mistaken belief in the existence of “common law marriage” among their constituents, and that 57% believe the law needs to be changed to provide greater protection for unmarried couples upon separation.
International couples in registered partnerships should have the same right as married ones to choose which member state’s national law will govern their property rights if the relationship ends, the European Parliament has resolved. The Parliament has recommended that draft legislation be amended to this end. These rules will not apply to the UK, Denmark or Ireland.
The minister responsible for child maintenance has hailed the progress made in separated parents accepting financial responsibility for their children. At the Children and Young People’s Conference in London he said that Britain has in recent years “turned an important corner”.
Schilke, O., Reimann, M. and Cook, K. S. (Sep. 2013) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1314857110
Ratliff, K. A. and Oish, S. (Sep. 2013) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105(4).
Bonomi, A. E., Anderson, M. L., Nemeth, J., Rivara, F. P. and Buettner, C. (Sep. 2013) BMC Public Health, 13.
Whitehouse, G., Romaniuk, H., Lucas, N. and Nicholson, J. (Nov. 2013) Family Issues, 34(11).
Hallam, W. and Morris, R. (Sep. 2013) Health Psychology, doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12064.
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