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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – July 2016

By OnePlusOne, 26 July 2016

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 health and well-being of children placed in kinship care is better than that of children in foster care
Campbell Collaboration

This plain language summary from the Campbell Collaboration outlines a systematic review examining whether kinship care is more effective than foster care in ensuring the safety, permanency and wellbeing of children removed from their home for maltreatment. The review summarizes findings from 102 studies involving 666,615 children. 71 of these studies were included in meta-analyses. This review includes studies published between March 2007 and March 2011. It was published in March 2014.

Better Mental Health For All
Faculty of Public Health and Mental Health Foundation

It is intended as a resource for public health practitioners to support the development of knowledge and skills in public mental health. The report outlines a list of key actions that all professionals working in public health and beyond can take to promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental health problems.

Research on parenting and learning
Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik, an internationally recognized expert in child development, shares her research on why children should be nurtured, but not shaped.  Her “Bring the Family” address was delivered at the 2016 American Psychological Society Annual Convention. This presentation, “Parents Without Parenting” examined research showing how children learn from the people who care for them through everyday observation, conversation, and play, rather than through intensive supervision and direction (57 mins 57 seconds).

Running randomised controlled trials in innovation, entrepreneurship and growth: An introductory guide

This introductory guide has been created to help policy-makers, researchers and practitioners in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth understand why, when and how to do a randomised controlled trial (RCT). It aims to enable readers to acquire the basic knowledge needed to understand RCTs, to understand what type of trial is best suited to address your research questions, to understand some of the challenges that you may face in the implementation stage, and to equip you with knowledge on how to best approach analysis and reporting of RCTs.

The EU referendum and UK poverty
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This briefing from the JRF considers UK poverty in relation to the EU referendum in June 2016. Please note this was published before the referendum result was announced. The briefing draws on existing evidence to examine the potential economic, political and social consequences of a vote to remain in or leave the EU, focusing on the impact of each decision on the UK’s poorest people and places.

Policy and practice

Looking after infant mental health: our case for change

This case for change from the NSPCC presents an argument for prioritising the mental health needs of young children in care, to mitigate the impact of early trauma and set children on positive pathways into adulthood. Drawing on evidence from research and practice it builds a case for rethinking how we work together to put the health and well-being of young children in care and the quality of their future life outcomes at the heart of decision-making.

In Care, Out of Trouble
Prison Reform Trust

This independent review chaired by Lord Laming was established to examine the reasons for, and how best to tackle, the over representation of children in care, or with experience of care, in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The review’s findings and recommendations are the product of a year’s intensive inquiry and are intended for practitioners as well as policy makers. The review had the benefit of a broad advisory panel including leading experts in the field, experienced practitioners and, above all, children and young people with first-hand experience of care and the criminal justice system.

Risk, relationships and moral work
The Mental Elf

This blog from The Mental Elf explores the difficulties of risk assessments in mental health. The issue of risk assessment is part of the longstanding debate about care versus control in mental health services as risk is now the central plank in considering detention and compulsion. This blog examines a recently published paper comprising analysis of transcripts of interviews with service users, family members and practitioners around the question of how far service users and their families are involved in risk assessments. Two main themes were identified: Relationships and involvement, and the moral work of risk practice.

Journal articles

Bidirectional associations between bedtime parenting and infant sleep: Parenting quality, parenting practices, and their interaction.
Philbrook and Teti (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

Parents’ work-family experiences and children’s problem behaviors: The mediating role of the parent–child relationship.
Vieira et al. (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

Comparing parents of children with Down Syndrome at different life span stages.
Goff et al. (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Talking or keeping silent about parental mental health problems—A grounded theory of parents’ decision making and experiences with their children.
Nolte and Wren (2016). Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Factors associated with onset timing, symptoms, and severity of depression identified in the postpartum period.
Fisher et al. (2016). Journal of Affective Disorders.

“There’s more thinking to decide”: How the childfree decide not to parent.
Blackstone and Stewart (2016). The Family Journal.

Repartnering after union dissolution in later life.
Schimmele and Wu (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Differences in family norms for men and women across Europe.
Rijken and Liefbroer (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Going all in: Unfavorable sex ratios attenuate choice diversification.
Ackerman et al. (2016). Psychological Science.

In the eye of the betrothed: Perceptual downgrading of attractive alternative romantic partners.
Cole et al. (2016). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Reasons for non-disclosure of sexual orientation among behaviorally bisexual men: Non-disclosure as stigma management.
Schrimshaw et al. (2106). Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Avoid falling for a jerk(ette): Effectiveness of the Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge Program among emerging adults.
Bradford et al. (2016). Journal of Martial and Family Therapy.

Cognitive attentional syndrome and metacognitive beliefs in male sexual dysfunction: An exploratory study.
Giuri et al. (2016). American Journal of Men’s Health.

Communication with former romantic partners and current relationship outcomes among college students.
Rodriguez et al. (2016). Personal Relationships.

Effects of network approval on accounts of commitment trajectories in intraracial and interracial relationships.
Brooks and Olgosky (2016). Marriage and Family Review.

Sustaining versus losing love: Factors discriminating the two.
Duda and Bergner (2016). Marriage and Family Review.

Forgiveness in romantic relationships: The roles of attachment, empathy, and attributions.
Kimmes and Durtschi (2016). Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Unique characteristics of cohabiters seeking therapy.
Shannon and Bartle-Harring (2016). Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Predicting mental health based on partners’ marital distress: A latent profile analysis.
Hammett et al. (2016). The Family Journal.

Decision-making during the deployment cycle.
Marintdale-Adams et al. (2016). The Family Journal.

Exploring client expectations in marriage and family therapy.
Heafner et al. (2016). The Family Journal.

Consequences of dating for post-divorce maternal well-being.
Langlais et al. (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

A review of the research in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
Wiebe and Johnson (2016). Family Process.

“Do it with joy!” – Subjective well-being outcomes of working in non-profit organizations.
Binder (2016). Journal of Economic Psychology.

Operational research as implementation science: definitions, challenges and research priorities.
Monks (2016). Implementation Science.

A cost–benefit analysis of a family systems intervention for managing pediatric chronic illness.
Distelberg et al. (2016). Journal of Martial and Family Therapy.

Does self-stigma reduce the probability of seeking mental health information?
Lannin et al. (2016). Journal of Counselling Psychology.


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