New Report on State Laws About Shared Parenting


A national organization of parents who support “shared parenting” after divorce have issued a new report that rates states regarding their state law on this issue.  This map shows their rankings, see the report.  Shared Parenting Rating by National Parents Organization

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Insurance-dependent Women Have Lower Divorce Rates– Good or Bad News?


In a just released study by Heeju Sohn at the University of Pennsylvania, she found that women who were dependent on their spouses for insurance coverage had lower rates of divorce.  This finding does not mean that these women are “protected” from divorce, but rather suggests that these women are likely to have fewer options and therefore may be remain in relationships for financial reasons.  These findings are a reminder that divorce decisions are not merely about marital satisfaction, but also about all aspects of family life.

 

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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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