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Research and policy digest – December 2012

By OnePlusOne, 14 December 2012

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 researchers.

Research and statistics

Census Data 2011 Released

Data from the ONS shows drop in marriage figures along with those for religious affiliation in England and Wales

Pressures on UK families by region

This report from the Relationships Foundation examines how the difficulties faced by families differs by geographical regions of the UK

British Social Attitudes 29 results on family and work attitudes published

Data shows decreasing belief in traditional gender roles and increased worries about workplace in the recession.

Life after family break-up: research challenges law change proposal

Researchers at the University of Sussex documents the reflections of young adults as they look back on post-separation contact arrangements.

Picking up the pieces: domestic violence and child contact

A research report by the Rights of Women organisation explores the experiences of women and legal professionals in child contact proceedings involving domestic violence .


Policy and practice

Government seeks to speed up adoption and fostering processes

Views are being sought on new measures aiming to allow foster carers to make more decisions in the care of the children the look after.

Proposals on introduction of gay marriage issued

Following a consultation  throughout 2012 the Home Office has issued a response that includes legislative ‘locks’ that prevent religious officials or ministers from being compelled to marry same-sex individuals or use their premises for this reason.

Shared parenting proposals introduced

Purpose of new changes to the Family Justice System is to encourage both parents to have an on-going role in the child’s life following separation.

Will the Universal Credit reforms improve the benefits service for users?

This report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines the possible effects of the reforms on service users with a focus on impacts on poverty.


Journal articles

Accentuating the Positive, Eliminating the Negative? Relationship Maintenance as a Predictor of Two-Dimensional Relationship Quality

Malinen, K., Tolvanen, A., Rönkä, A., Family Relations, vol 61 (5), pp 784-797, December 2012

Relationship Interventions During the Transition to Parenthood: Issues of Timing and Efficacy

Trillingsgaard, T.,  Baucom, K.J.W., Heyman, R.E., Elklit, A., Family Relations, vol 61 (5), pp 770-783, December 2012

Family Care Responsibilities and Employment: Exploring the Impact of Type of Family Care on Work-Family and Family-Work Conflict

Stewart, L.M., Journal of Family Issues, vol 34 (1), pp 113-138, January 2013

Attachment and the investment model: Predictors of relationship commitment, maintenance, and persistence

Etcheverry, P.E., Benjamin, L., Wu, T-F., Wei, M., Personal Relationships, early view published online 15/11/12.

Merging Relationship Education and Child Abuse Prevention Knowledge: An Evaluation of Effectiveness with Adolescents

Schramm, D.G., & Gomez-Scott, J., Marriage & Family Review, Volume 48, Issue 8, Page 792-808, December 2012.

Examining the Early Evidence for Self-directed Marriage and Relationship Education: A Meta-analytic Study

McAllister, S., Duncan, S.F & Hawkins, A.J., Family Relations, vol 61 (5), pp 742-755, December 2012

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