Leaving Abusive Relationships–Complications.

A frequent question about intimate partner violence (domestic violence) is why don’t women leave.  In this short video, Professor Lyndal Khaw discusses the challenges faced by women in making the decision to leave.   Here is the complete article.

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Search Terms by Young People about their Parents’ Divorce

My colleagues and I have been exploring the resources that are available to teens on the web.  We have conducted searches using various search terms that we think might be used by teens to find material.

We also have inserted the same terms into Google Trends to see the patterns.  Most of the terms we have used are not frequent enough to register in Google Trends, but a few are… Below is the figure that illustrates the pattern of 5 terms over the period from 2004-2015.

  • Blue — “parents divorce”  Most common search term
  • Purple– “divorce parents” Next most common search term
  • Green– “divorce of parents” 3rd most common search term, but declining 
  • Orange– “parents split up” This search term begins to show up in 2009. 
  • Yellow– “parents separating” This search terms begins to show up in 2009.  

Google Trend--Popular Searches

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Thinking about Social Media & Divorce

Our research group is beginning to think about how to reach young people about dealing with their parents’ divorce using social media.

We have begun to look for examples of what we might do.

Here is an interesting BuzzFeed version:

Children Of Divorced Parents, What Have You Learned About Marriage?
“Fight to get better, not to bring the other person down.”


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Relationship Scientists Divorce– Some Advice

Rarely to the scientists who study relationships provide a glimpse into their own personally challenging relationships in such an intimate and powerful way… Charlotte and Patrick Markey begin their story about divorce as follows…

“We have been a romantic couple for almost 20 years, married for 13 years, produced two wonderful children, moved across the country for academic jobs, conducted numerous scientific studies examining romantic couples, and…will soon be divorced. How could two people who study why romantic couples fail or succeed be such utter failures themselves? The answer is easy: we are human. Like everyone else we have faults. We argue. We disagree. We neglect. We make bad choices. In the past, we have always been able to survive these shortcomings.”  for further reading…

Science of Relationships has many interesting articles about relationships.

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Interesting New Research Findings

Garneau, C. L. and Adler-Baeder, F. (2015), Changes in Stepparents’ Coparenting and Parenting Following Participation in a Community-Based Relationship Education Program. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12133

Ly Dan P, Seabury Seth A, Jena Anupam B. Divorce among physicians and other healthcare professionals in the United States: analysis of census survey data

Mauskopf Susan S., O’Leary Allison K., Banihashemi Adria, Weiner Michelle, and Cookston Jeffrey T.. Childhood Obesity. http://dx.doi:10.1089/chi.2014.0053.

Schrodt, P. (2015).  Relational frames as mediators of everyday talk and relational satisfaction in stepparent–stepchild relationships Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,  first published on January 28, 2015 doi:10.1177/0265407514568751

Shafer, K., & Pace, G. T. (2015).  Gender Differences in Depression across Parental Roles Social Work first published online February 5, 2015 doi:10.1093/sw/swu057

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New Stepfamily Research 2015

Coleman, M., Ganong, L., Russell, L. and Frye-Cox, N. (2015), Stepchildren’s Views About Former Step-Relationships Following Stepfamily Dissolution. Journal of Marriage and Family. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12182

Favez, N., Widmer, E. D., Doan, M., & Tissot, H. (2015). Coparenting in stepfamilies: Maternal promotion of family cohesiveness with partner and with father. Journal of Child and Family Studies, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0130-x

Ganong, L., Coleman, M., Jamison, T., Feistman, R. 2015, March 2).  Divorced Mothers’ Coparental Boundary Maintenance After Parents Repartner. Journal of Family Psychology,   http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=2015-09313-001

Pace, G. T., Shafer, K., Jensen, T. M., & Larson, J. H. (2015). Stepparenting issues and relationship quality: The role of clear communication. Journal of Social Work, 15(1), 24-44. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468017313504508

Zito, R. C. (2015). Family structure history and teenage cohabitation: Instability, socioeconomic disadvantage, or transmission? Journal of Family Issues,36(3), 299-325. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0192513X13490933

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Stepfamily Research 2014

Doodson, L. J. (2014). Understanding the factors related to stepmother anxiety: A qualitative approach. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55(8), 645-667. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2014.959111

Doodson, L. J., & Davies, A. P. C. (2014). Different challenges, different well-being: A comparison of psychological well-being across stepmothers and biological mothers and across four categories of stepmothers. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55(1), 49-63. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2013.862094

Finlay, A. K., Cookston, J. T., Saenz, D. S., Baham, M. E., Parke, R. D., Fabricius, W., & Braver, S. (2014). Attributions of fathering behaviors among adolescents: The role of gender, ethnicity, family structure, and depressive symptoms. Journal of Family Issues, 35(4), 501-525. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0192513X13478404

Fox, W. E., & Shriner, M. (2014). Remarried couples in premarital education: Does the content match participant needs? Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55(4), 276-299. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2014.901841

George, C. M., & Fernandez, M. S. (2014). A case study of a stepfamily’s relationship experiences before and after the death of a custodial biological parent. The Family Journal, 22(2), 258-264. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1066480713513556

Jensen, T. M., Shafer, K., & Larson, J. H. (2014). (Step)parenting attitudes and expectations: Implications for stepfamily functioning and clinical intervention. Families in Society, 95(3), 213-220. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1606/1044-3894.2014.95.27

Jovic, S., Delpierre, C., Ehlinger, V., Sentenac, M., Young, H., Arnaud, C., & Godeau, E. (2014). Associations between life contexts and early sexual initiation among young women in France. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46(1), 31-39. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1363/46e0214

Kellas, J. K., Baxter, L., LeClair-Underberg, C., Thatcher, M., Routsong, T., Normand, E. L., & Braithwaite, D. O. (2014). Telling the story of stepfamily beginnings: The relationship between young-adult stepchildren’s stepfamily origin stories and their satisfaction with the stepfamily. Journal of Family Communication, 14(2), 149-166. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2013.864294

Koren, C., & Lipman-Schiby, S. (2014). “not a replacement”: Emotional experiences and practical consequences of israeli second couplehood stepfamilies constructed in old age. Journal of Aging Studies, 31, 70-82. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2014.09.002

Lucier‐Greer, M., Adler‐Baeder, F., Harcourt, K. T., & Gregson, K. D. (2014). Relationship education for stepcouples reporting relationship instability—Evaluation of the Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey curriculum. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 40(4), 454-469. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12069

Meggiolaro, S., & Ongaro, F. (2014). Family contexts and adolescents’ emotional status. Journal of Youth Studies, 17(10), 1306-1329. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2014.918246

Niolon, R. (2014). The triumph of hope over experience: Stepfamily formation. Psyccritiques, 59(14) doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035924

Nuru, A. K., & Wang, T. R. (2014). “She was stomping on everything that we used to think of as a family”: Communication and turning points in cohabiting (step)families. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55(2), 145-163. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2013.871957

Oliva, A., Arranz, E., Parra, A., & Olabarrieta, F. (2014). Family structure and child adjustment in Spain. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(1), 10-19. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-012-9681-2

Parent, J., Clifton, J., Forehand, R., Golub, A., Reid, M., & Pichler, E. R. (2014). Parental mindfulness and dyadic relationship quality in low-income cohabiting Black stepfamilies: Associations with parenting experienced by adolescents. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 3(2), 67-82. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cfp0000020

Pryor, J. (2014). Stepfamilies: A global perspective on research, policy, and practice. New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, New York, NY.

Ryan, R. M., Claessens, A., & Markowitz, A. J. (2014). Associations between family structure change and child behavior problems: The moderating effect of family income. Child Development, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12283

Shapiro, D. (2014). Stepparents and parenting stress: The roles of gender, marital quality, and views about gender roles. Family Process, 53(1), 97-108. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/famp.12062

Sherman, C. W., Webster, N. J., & Antonucci, T. C. (2014). “Dementia caregiving in the context of late-life remarriage: Support networks, relationship quality, and well-being.”: Erratum. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(1), 246.

Skogrand, L., Mendez, E., & Higginbotham, B. (2014). Latina women’s experiences in a stepfamily education course. The Family Journal, 22(1), 49-55. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1066480713505053

Thomson, E. (2014). Family complexity in Europe. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 654(1), 245-258. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002716214531384

Vanassche, S., Sodermans, A. K., Matthijs, K., & Swicegood, G. (2014). The effects of family type, family relationships and parental role models on delinquency and alcohol use among Flemish adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(1), 128-143. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-012-9699-5

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