OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – December 2015
By OnePlusOne, 08 December 2015 Children, Disability, Divorce, Early intervention, Employment, Health, Legal, Mental health, Money, New parents, Parenting, Separation, Strengthening relationships, Stress, Transitions
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
Stephen Crossley from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies takes a critical look at the government’s claim that the Troubled Families Programme has achieved almost 100 per cent success rate.
This ONS bulletin presents statistics on live births in England and Wales in 2014 by characteristics of the parents.
This release previously called “Cohort Fertility” was renamed as “Childbearing for women born in different years” in 2013 and presents statistics on childbearing among women in England and Wales.
ONS data on divorces taking place in England and Wales. The tables contain data for dissolutions and annulments of marriage by previous marital status of persons divorcing, sex and age of persons divorcing, children of divorced couples and facts proven at divorce and to whom granted.
Shelly Lundberg and Robert Pollak review the changes in marriage behaviour in the United States since the 1950s and discuss possible reasons for these changes.
New polling carried out by Resolution has found that around eight out of ten children and young people with experience of parental separation or divorce would prefer their parents to split up if they are unhappy, rather than stay together.
This report details the raw results of a YouGov survey carried out by The Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University and the Dereset News on the family in America.
Policy and practice
Relationship education programs for heterosexual couples have shown effectiveness in improving relationships and their stability, report Science Daily. However, researchers explain that these programs contain considerable heterosexual bias and fail to address challenges for same-sex couples, such as discrimination and lack of social support, most notably lack of support from their own families.
Written in advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Jane Robey writes in Family Law puts forward an argument for ‘family hubs’ as a cost-effective government action to help families in crises.
A comment piece in the journal Family Law which looks at the side-effects of austerity for the families and how this is playing out in the family justice system.
This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 4 December 2015. The Bill would require ministers to carry out an assessment of the impact of government policies on families by giving statutory effect to the family test; to place a duty on the Secretary of State to make a report on the costs and benefits of requiring local authorities to carry out equivalent tests on their policies; to require the Secretary of State to establish, and make an annual report on, indicators of and targets for the government’s performance in promoting family stability; and for connected purposes.
Mark A. Whisman and Angela Li (2015) Personal Relationships, DOI: 10.1111/pere.12103
Melissa Burgess Moser, Susan M. Johnson, Tracy L. Dalgleish, Marie-France Lafontaine, Stephanie A. Wiebe and Giorgio A. Tasca (2015) Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12139
Melinda Stafford Markham, Jaimee L. Hartenstein, Yolanda T. Mitchell and Ghadir Aljayyousi-Khalil (2015) Journal of Family Issues, DOI:0192513X15616848
Howard J. Markman and Lane L. Ritchie (2015) Family Process, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12191
Lauren Galloway, Erika Engstrom and Tara M. Emmers-Sommer (2015) Marriage & Family Review, pp. 687-712
Roberta L. Woodgate, Marie Edwards, Jacquie D. Ripat, Barbara Borton and Gina Rempel (2015) BMC Pediatrics, 15:197, DOI 10.1186/s12887-015-0514-5.
Kay Bradford1, D. Jim Mock and J. Wade Stewart (2015) Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12144
Lixia Qu and D A De Vaus (2015) Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia 1322-9974 v. 22 no. 2: 15-27
Elaine Scharfe (2015) Personal Relationships, DOI: 10.1111/pere.12105
Melissa A. Curran, Tricia J. Burke, Valerie Young and Casey Totenhagen (2015) Marriage and Family Review, DOI:10.1080/01494929.2015.1113225
Grace L. Jackson, Thomas E. Trail, David P. Kennedy, Hannah C. Williamson, Thomas N. Bradbury and Benjamin R. Karney (2015) Journal of Family Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000158.
Chen, Eva Yi-Ju; Enright, Robert D.; Tung, Eli Yi-Liang (2015) Journal of Family Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000154
Daniel S. Hubler, Brandon K. Burr, Brandt C. Gardner, Robert E. Larzelere & Dean M. Busby (2015) Marriage & Family Review, DOI:10.1080/01494929.2015.1100695
Giuseppina Valle Holway and Kathryn Harker Tillman (2015) Journal of Family Issues, DOI:0192513X15613826
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