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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – May 2014

By opo_webmaster, 30 May 2014 Strengthening relationships

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

‘Til sickness do us part’: How illness affects the risk of divorce

A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America. The research shows that the risk of divorce among older married couples rises when the wife – but not the husband — becomes seriously ill.

Households and Household Composition in England and Wales, 2001-11

The ONS presents a summary of households and the residents living in households in England and Wales in 2011 using the published census data on households and population. Significant findings for the relationships field include a reduction of ‘married couple’ households with a corresponding rise in ‘single parent’ and ‘cohabiting couple’ households.

The debt trap: exposing the impact of problem debt on children

A report from the Children’s Society and Step Change examining the extent of problem debt among families with children, the drivers of problem debt, and the impact that this has on children’s lives.

Special Issue of the Health Psychology Journal

Coming out in June 2014, this special issue looks at the relationship between health and social relationships in later life. A preview of the articles and contact details for the authors are detailed in this pre-release.

When Dads Help with Household Chores, Daughters Expand Career Options

A new Canadian study suggests that when a father helps with housekeeping tasks, their daughters are more likely to pursue higher paying careers.

Policy and practice

CANparent Survey results

A series of infographics showing new parents’ attitudes to support and the differences between the expectations and reality of parenting.

Journal articles

“I Wouldn’t Wish It on My Worst Enemy”: Western Australian Fathers’ Perspectives on Their Marital Separation Experiences

Mercadante, C., Taylor, M. F. and Pooley, J. A. (2014) Marriage and Family Review, 50(4): 318-341.

Estimating the Effects of Parental Divorce and Death With Fixed Effects Models

Amato, P. R. and Anthony, C. J. (2014) Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(2): 370–386.

Journeys to remain childless: A grounded theory examination of decision-making processes among voluntarily childless couples

Lee, K H. and Zvonkovic, A. M. (2014) Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31(4): 535-553

Stressful social relations and mortality: a prospective cohort study

Lund, R., Christensen, U., Nilsson, C. J., Kriegbaum, M. and Rod, N. H. (2014) Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, doi:10.1136/jech-2013-203675.

Studies of Men’s Involvement in the Family—Part 2: Introduction

Goldscheider, F., Bernhardt, E. and Lappegård, T. (2014) Journal of Family Issues, 35(8): 995-999.

(The introduction to a special issue highlighting research on men’s increasing involvement in their families)

Who Gets Custody Now? Dramatic Changes in Children’s Living Arrangements After Divorce

Cancian, M., Meyer, D. R., Brown, P. R. and Cook, S. T. (2014) Demography, doi: 10.1007/s13524-014-0307-8


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