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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – September 2015

By OnePlusOne, 30 September 2015 Behaviour change, Communication, Conflict, Divorce, Early intervention, Employment, Health, Legal, Marriage, Money, New baby, New parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, Separation, Sex, Strengthening relationships, Stress, Transitions, Work-life balance

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

Work-Life Survey
How people feel about their employer’s workplace practices and their day-to-day experiences on the job depends on their rank in the organization, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2015 Work and Well-Being Survey.

Sharing Childcare Improves Marital Quality and Sex
Psych Central reporting on a study by Dr. Daniel L. Carlson, Sarah Hanson and Andrea Fitzroy, presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) which reveals that shared childcare leads to a higher quality relationship and better sex lives for heterosexual couples.

Women More Likely to Ask for Divorce, But Other Breakups Egalitarian
Another study from the ASA 110th Annual Meeting, showing that women are more likely than men to initiate divorce. However the breakup of non-marital romantic heterosexual relationships are fairly gender neutral. Possible reasons for this are discussed.

Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Family
A new report co-authored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights details how the harms of mass incarceration extend far beyond prison walls with the criminal justice system trapping inmates’ families in poverty with a wide range of fines, fees, and debts. The report, called Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families, is the result of extensive surveys and focus groups that researchers conducted over the last year across fourteen states with formerly incarcerated people and their families.

Policy and practice

The top ten reasons for divorce in 2015
A survey of 5,000 online divorce customers that purchased a divorce from Divorce-Online in 2015 reveals the top ten reasons for divorce in 2015 in the UK. With the top three being: 1. They simply grew apart; 2. Unable to communicate; and 3. Spouse money-handling problems.

Domestic abuse victims to be supported by new fund
A £3.2m fund launched last week will help local authorities support victims of domestic abuse reports Community Care.The funding boost announced in the summer budget is designed to fill the gaps in current provision, including refuges.

Britain’s Families: thriving or surviving
4Children are calling for families to let them know their experiences for their inquiry ‘Britain’s Families: thriving or surviving?’ which aims to uncover the challenges and opportunities families face in modern Britain, and what can be done to better support family life.

Journal articles

Division of Labor and Multiple Domains of Sexual Satisfaction Among First-Time Parents
Megan K. Maa, Brandon T. McDaniel, Mark E. Feinberg and Damon E. Jones (2015) The Journal of Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/0192513X15604343.

Family Flexibility in Response to Economic Conditions: Fathers’ Involvement in Child-Care Tasks
Brian Knop* and Karin L. Brewster (2015) Journal of Marriage and Family. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12249.

Father Involvement and Early Intervention: Effects of Empowerment and Father Role Identity
Greer L. Fox, Vey M. Nordquist, Rhett M. Billen and Emily Furst Savoca (2015) Family Relations. 64(4): 461–475.

Patterns of marital relationship change across the transition from one child to two.
Brenda L. Volling, Wonjung Oh, Richard Gonzalez, Patty X. Kuo and Tianyi Yu (2015) Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. 4(3): 177-197.

Shared Religious Beliefs, Prayer, and Forgiveness as Predictors of Marital Satisfaction
Jonathan R. Olson, James P. Marshall, H. Wallace Goddard and David G. Schramm (2015) Family Relations. 64(4): 519-533.

Supporting Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy Trainees in Need of Performance Improvement: Implications for Counselor Educators and Supervisors
Ashley Branson, Betty Cardona and Christina Thomas (2015) The Family Journal. 23(4): 309-319.

Tailoring assessment of relationship distress using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory—Brief Form.
Christina Balderrama-Durbin, Douglas K. Snyder and Steve Balsis (2015) Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. 4(3): 127-135.

The Effectiveness of Couple and Individual Relationship Education: Distress as a Moderator
Ryan G. Carlson, Damon L. Rappleyea, Andrew P. Daire, Steven M. Harris and Xiaofeng Liu (2015) Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12172.

The Influence of Father Involvement and Interparental Relationship Quality on Adolescent Mothers’ Maternal Identity
Jacquelyn K. Mallette, Ted G. Futris, Geoffrey L. Brown and Assaf Oshri (2015) Family Relations. 64(4): 476–489.

Wedding the Gottman and Johnson Approaches into an Integrated Model of Couple Therapy
Paul David (2015) The Family Journal. 23(4): 336-345.

Workaholism and Marital Satisfaction Among Female Professionals
Daniele V. Levy (2015) The Family Journal. 23(4): 330-335.

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