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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – October 2016

By OnePlusOne, 29 September 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

Gender and children and young people’s emotional and mental health: manifestations and responses
National Children’s Bureau

This rapid review from the National Children’s Bureau looks at evidence on the role of gender in emotional and mental health and wellbeing. The review focuses on children and young people’s coping strategies and help-seeking behaviours, and how parents/carers, schools and public services respond to individuals’ mental health needs. The document aims to provide a snapshot of the most recent and salient evidence from published research and grey literature, as relevant to children and young people living in England in 2016.

We can solve poverty in the UK
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This strategy from the JRF contains a set of proposals to inspire debate and action in relation to poverty across the UK. The report puts forward an independent, long-term strategy to solve poverty in the UK which aligns greater corporate responsibility with an active, enabling state, promoting individual capacity and capability. It is based upon work with experts in research and practice, along with commissioned and analysed evidence reviews to find out what works. The strategy has also resulted from involving people who have first-hand experience with poverty in the UK.

The Good Childhood Report
The Children’s Society

This report is the fifth annual Good Childhood Report from The Children’s Society. In it, the authors have analysed data on time trends to look in detail at how children’s well-being is changing over time. A growing gap between girls’ and boys’ happiness is identified as a clear signal that concerted action is needed to prevent things from getting worse. The report also highlights that the factors that affect child and adult subjective well-being are not the same, and efforts are needed to close this data gap.

No Country for Young Women
Young Women’s Trust

The Young Women’s Trust Annual Survey 2016 reveals a generation of young people despairing and anxious, many of whose lives are on hold because of serious financial, work and housing problems – with young women hit hardest. The report is based on findings from a survey carried out with 4,004 18-30 year olds in the UK. The findings reveal that high numbers of young men and women are despondent, pessimistic and facing serious financial issues, with young women most likely to report money problems, experience of discrimination in the jobs market, worries about the future, health problems and low self-confidence.

Policy and Practice

The Local Family Offer Programme
Innovation Unit and OnePlusOne

Over the last year the Department for Work and Pensions has given 12 local authorities across the UK access to expert support from Innovation Unit and One Plus One, and funding in the development of local family offers. These new offers specifically focus on improving the quality of couple or co-parenting relationships, leading to better outcomes for children. For each of the 12 local authorities, we collected a wide range of publicly available data, comparing it to the national average via visual representation. This meant that the individual authorities were able to the see stark differences in their local priorities and in how their families fare compared to other local authorities up and down the country. Through visualising this data local authorities identified which factor was most significant for them, and subsequently presented the biggest opportunity to intervene early with those families at risk of poor quality relationships. The Local Family Offer programme has only started to scratch the surface of what might be achieved through embracing and working with the evidence about relationships.

Research Matters
Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service

The Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe) has launched a new blog – Research Matters – to communicate short, topical articles on recent research. The blog is intended primarily for Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLAs) and their support staff, but also for a wider audience. RaISe employs subject specialists and library professionals to provide research and information in support of Assembly business. They produce written and oral briefings in an objective, non-partisan and accurate manner.

Failing Well
Institute for Government

This report from the Institute for Government analyses the experiences of four different organisations that endured serious failures – often over substantial periods of time – but nonetheless managed to successfully return to providing good services for citizens. The authors of this report interviewed those involved in changes at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Eltham Foundation School (now the Harris Academy Greenwich), Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and West Sussex children’s services. Based on these examples, the report identifies particular areas for learning and prevention and early intervention.

“Just do it”: Communicating implementation science and practice.
Frameworks Institute

This report from the Frameworks Institute provides a set of key strategies for communicating about implementation science and practice. It is grounded in a detailed understanding of how implementation is understood by experts, practitioners and members of the public. By mapping the ways that these different groups reason about implementation, the report identifies a set of challenges that must be addressed in order to allow non-experts to access and use knowledge and perspectives from implementation science. The report also outlines a potential strategy to pursue when approaching the range of understandings and assumptions that people have about such topics as the use of evidence, improving practice, effective implementation and institutional change.

Journal Articles

Is baby a blessing? Wantedness, age at first birth, and later-life depression.
Rackin and Brasher (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Family instability, multipartner fertility, and behavior in middle childhood.
Fomby and Osborne (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

The linkage between parental alienation behaviors and child alienation.
Baker and Eichler (2016). Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

Postdivorce parenting: A study of recently divorced mothers and fathers.
Ferraro et al. (2016). Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

Low-income, nonresident fathers’ coparenting with multiple mothers and relatives: Effects on fathering.
Fagan et al. (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

Perceptions of influencing factors and satisfaction with the timing of first childbirth among women of advanced age and their partners.
Guedes and Canavarro (2016). Journal of Family Issues.

How young men at high risk of fathering an unintended birth talk about their procreative identities.
Daugherty (2016). Journal of Family Issues.

Clarifying the association between mother–father relationship aggression and parenting.
Nomaguchi et al. (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Maternal emotion regulation: Links to emotion parenting and child emotion regulation.
Morelen et al. (2016). Journal of Family Issues.

Marital conflict trajectories and associations with children’s disruptive behaviour.
Madigan et al. (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Psychological distress, couple interactions, and parenting: a dyadic analysis of African American couples.
Sutton et al. (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Parenting self-efficacy moderates linkage between partner relationship dissatisfaction and avoidant infant–mother attachment: A Dutch study.
Cassé et al. (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

Who participates and who benefits from employer-provided child-care assistance?
Hipp et al. (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Nonstandard work schedules and private safety nets among working mothers.
Su and Dunifon (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Newlyweds’ perceptions of partner conflict behaviors and change in intimate safety over time.
LaMotte et al. (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

The impact of a couple’s vibrator on men’s perceptions of their own and their partner’s sexual pleasure and satisfaction.
Watson et al. (2016). Men and Masculinities.

Battling on the home front: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and conflict behavior among military couples.
Lynne et al. (2016). Behavior Therapy.

Sexual activity and function in the year after an acute myocardial infarction among younger women and men in the United States and Spain.
Tessler Lindau et al. (2016). JAMA Cardiology.

Effects of relationship education on emerging adults’ relationship beliefs and behaviors.
Holt et al. (2016). Personal Relationships.

Deployment-related benefit finding and postdeployment marital satisfaction in military couples.
Renshaw and Campbell (2016). Family Process.

Postdivorce dual residency as narrated childhood experiences.
Forsberg et al. (2016). Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

The complex contribution of sociodemographics to decision-making power in gay male couples.
Perry et al. (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

“It takes two to take”: Caregiving style, relational entitlement, and medication adherence.
George-Levi et al. (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

A randomized waitlist-controlled trial of culturally sensitive relationship education for male same-sex couples.
Whitton et al. (2016). Journal of Family Psychology.

Happy you, healthy me? Having a happy partner is independently associated with better health in oneself.
Chopik and O’Brien (2016). Health Psychology.

Psychological well-being among older adults: The role of partnership status.
Wright and Brown (2016). Journal of Marriage and Family.

Outcomes of emotional support in dating relationships: Relational turbulence or sentiment override?
Solomon and Priem (2016). Personal Relationships.

Location, safety and (non) strangers in gay men’s narratives on ‘hook-up’ apps.
Davis et al. (2016). Sexualities.

Relationships with individuals facing eating disorder symptoms.
Buser et al. (2016). The Family Journal.

The possible trajectory of relationship satisfaction across the longevity of a romantic partnership.
Meyer et al. (2016). The Family Journal.

I don’t care much as long as I am also on Facebook: Impacts of social media use of both partners on romantic relationship problems.
Nongpong and Charoensukmongkol (2016). The Family Journal.

Internet infidelity 10 years on: A critical review of the literature.
Vossler (2016). The Family Journal.

Understanding the experiences of husbands in step-couples: Implications for strengthening stepfamily marriages.
Gold (2016). The Family Journal.

Capitalization in distressed couples: A pilot study and outline for future research.
Hershenberg et al. (2016). Personal Relationships.

Building resilience in families, communities, and organizations: A training program in global mental health and psychosocial support.
Saul and Simon (2016). Family Process.

Pathways of risk and resilience: impact of a family resilience program on active-duty military parents.
Saltzman et al. (2016). Family Process.

Use, acceptability and impact of booklets designed to support mental health self-management and help seeking in schools: results of a large randomised controlled trial in England.
Sharpe et al. (2016). European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The use of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis in couple and family therapy research.
Allan and Eatough (2016). The Family Journal.


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