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OnePlusOne Research and Policy Digest – May 2013

By OnePlusOne, 13 May 2013

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

Grey Divorce (Silver Separations)

Canada’s Vanier Institute of the Family looks at the gradual increase in the divorce rate among men and women of “a certain age” that has triggered a greying of the median age of divorce in Canada.

Health, Work and Well-being: A study of the Co-ordinator and Challenge Fund initiatives

This summary presents findings from research to evaluate two health, work and well-being initiatives set up following the 2008 review by Dame Carol Black into the health of the UK working age population.

Health Survey for England 2011

Health Survey for England 2011 is now available for download from NatCen’s Information Centre. Changes in this round of data collection reflect the UK’s ageing population.

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 .

Fragile Families and Children’s Opportunities

Sara McLanahan of Princeton’s CRCW presents a working paper paper looking at the increasing numbers of children in the US born to unmarried parents.

Policy and practice

Welcome simplification of state pensions but younger generations lose

An observation from the IFS examines the impact of the government’s proposed new state pension system.

Where’s the sex in same-sex marriage? and The devil in the detail: implications of the Children and Families Bill for family practitioners

These articles in Family Law by Lucy Compton and Chris Bevan respectively address two recent policy developments.

Don’t wait until you’re certain

The NSPCC are running a campaign to encourage people to contact them when they suspect a child may be at risk of abuse. A poll by the NSPCC and YouGov shows that less than one in five (17 per cent) would report concerns as soon as they arose.

Working with Troubled Families: a guide to evidence and good practice

Document generated by the Dept. for Communities and Local Government to help local authorities and their partners, who have asked for guidance on how best to work with troubled families, and for the evidence about family intervention to be brought together in one place.

Journal articles

A meta-analytic review of relationship maintenance and its correlates

Ogolsky, B. G. & Bowers, J. R. (2013). Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol 30 (3)

The social and economic benefits of family and relationship services : a review of current evidence

Rush P., Meredith V., Robinson E. & Nair L. (2013). Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

Perceiving low self-esteem in close others impedes capitalization and undermines the relationship

Macgregor, J. C., Fitzsimons, G. M. & Holmes, J. G. (2013). Personal Relationships, n/a. doi: 10.1111/pere.12008

Behavioural infant sleep intervention does not have long-lasting effects on children’s emotions or behaviour, or maternal outcomes

Richdale, A. L. (2013). Evidence-Based Mental Health, Vol 16 (2)

School-wide positive behavioural intervention and support programme reduces behaviour problems in elementary school children

Kamps, D. (2013).  Evidence-Based Mental Health, Vol 16 (2)

Competing Pleasures? The Impact of Leisure Time Use on the Transition to Parenthood

Arranz Becker, O. & Lois, D. (2013). Journal of Family Issues, Vol 34 (5)

Cultural diversity: Do we need a new wake-up call for parent training?

Camilo Ortiz, C. & Vecchio, T. (2013). Behavior Therapy, in press

More than One Way to be Happy: A Typology of Marital Happiness

Rauer, A. & Volling, B. (2013). Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12028

The longitudinal associations between marital happiness, problems, and self-rated health.

Proulx, C. M. & Snyder-Rivas,L. A. (2013). Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 27 (2)

Dyadic Adjustment and Depressive Symptoms: The Mediating Role of Attachment

Parker, M. L., Tambling, R. B., Campbell, K. (2013). The Family Journal, Vol 21 (1)

Another baby? Father involvement and childbearing in fragile families.

Kotila, L. E. & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2012). Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 26 (6)

Coparenting quality during the first three months after birth: The role of infant sleep quality.

McDaniel, B. T. & Teti, D. M. (2012). Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 26 (6)

Do cold feet warn of trouble ahead? Premarital uncertainty and four-year marital outcomes.

Lavner, J. A. Karney, B. R. & Bradbury, T. N. (2012). Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 26 (6)

Longitudinal and reciprocal associations between coparenting conflict and father engagement.

Fagan, J. & Cabrera, N. (2012). Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 26(6)


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