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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – July 2015

By OnePlusOne, 31 July 2015 Behaviour change, Children, Communication, Conflict, Early intervention, Employment, Fathers, Health, Legal, Marriage, Money, New baby, New parents, Parenting, Poverty, Strengthening relationships, 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

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey: Selected Findings from Waves 1 to 12: The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey: Selected Findings from Waves 1 to 12
The HILDA Survey seeks to provide longitudinal data on the lives of Australian residents. It annually collects information on a wide range of aspects of life in Australia, including household and family relationships.

The Work Martyr’s Affair: How America’s Lost Week Quietly Threatens Our Relationships
“The Work Martyr’s Affair: How America’s Lost Week Quietly Threatens Our Relationships,” examines the balance in workers’ professional and personal lives, and suggests a solution for stronger relationships—one which may be sitting ignored in employee handbooks.

Talking Can Reduce Pain – Relationships Australia survey
A recent survey by Relationships Australia has found that talking to a family member about their chronic pain made the pain better for 58% of the people that responded to the online research. Close to 95% of respondents thought chronic pain had a moderate to severe effect on relationships.


Policy and practice

Fee for issuing divorce proceedings to increase to £550
The Ministry of Justice has announced that it intends to increase the fees for issuing divorce proceedings from £410 to £550. It had originally proposed an increase to £750. The MoJ says in its latest response to the consultation on court fees that it has considered the concerns raised during the consultation and decided not to increase fees by 80% as originally proposed. Instead it will press ahead with ‘a more affordable’ increase of about a third. There will be a fee remission for the most vulnerable, such as women in low wage households.

Family lawyers need to adapt to changing legal world, research reveals
The family legal market has changed dramatically in recent years with the abolition of legal aid for most divorce cases and subsequent increase in so-called ‘litigants in person’ resulting in the clogging up of the already creaking family law courts.

Despite the changing landscape, the survey of more than 100 professionals working in the family arena including financial advisers, counsellors and therapists, found that 71 per cent believe family lawyers are not adapting fast enough.


Journal articles

Confiding About Problems in Marriage and Long-Term Committed Relationships: A National Study
Kirsten Lind Seal, William J. Doherty and Steven M. Harris (July 2015) Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12134.

Discernment Counseling for “Mixed-Agenda” Couples
William J. Doherty, Steven M. Harris and Jason L. Wilde (July 2015) Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12132.

Married and cohabiting parents’ well-being: The effects of a cultural normative context across countries
Olga Stavrova and Detlef Fetchenhauer (July 2015) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi 10.1177/0265407514541072.

The parenting styles of divorced fathers and their predictors
Kim Bastaits, Koen Ponnet, Christine Van Peer and Dimitri Mortelmans (July 2015) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407514541070.

Women’s Experiences With Feelings and Attractions for Someone Outside Their Primary Relationship
Margo Bennett Mullinax, Katie Jo Barnhart, Kristen Mark and Debby Herbenick (July 2015) Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2015.1061076.


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