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
Data from the ONS shows drop in marriage figures along with those for religious affiliation in England and Wales
This report from the Relationships Foundation examines how the difficulties faced by families differs by geographical regions of the UK
Data shows decreasing belief in traditional gender roles and increased worries about workplace in the recession.
Researchers at the University of Sussex documents the reflections of young adults as they look back on post-separation contact arrangements.
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
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.
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.
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.
This report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines the possible effects of the reforms on service users with a focus on impacts on poverty.
Malinen, K., Tolvanen, A., Rönkä, A., Family Relations, vol 61 (5), pp 784-797, December 2012
Trillingsgaard, T., Baucom, K.J.W., Heyman, R.E., Elklit, A., Family Relations, vol 61 (5), pp 770-783, December 2012
Stewart, L.M., Journal of Family Issues, vol 34 (1), pp 113-138, January 2013
Etcheverry, P.E., Benjamin, L., Wu, T-F., Wei, M., Personal Relationships, early view published online 15/11/12.
Schramm, D.G., & Gomez-Scott, J., Marriage & Family Review, Volume 48, Issue 8, Page 792-808, December 2012.
McAllister, S., Duncan, S.F & Hawkins, A.J., Family Relations, vol 61 (5), pp 742-755, December 2012
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