Social Dynamics Shape Brain Functioning….Divorce Research Updates 7-20-2015


Brains shape how we view the world, but our social and cultural worlds shape our brain.

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Abraham, A. (2015). How Social Dynamics Shape Our Understanding of Reality. In Neuroscience in Intercultural Contexts (pp. 243-256). Springer New York.

In this chapter, Abraham examines the capacity for human beings to create and immerse themselves in multiple fictional worlds yet still not lose sight of reality.  She writes, “Behavioral and neuroimaging evidence indicate that cultural factors, such as ethnicity and socialization, exert considerable influence on several facets of human psychological functioning including self-perception, self-concept, fundamental attribution error, experience of emotion, self-esteem and life satisfaction, cognitive dissonance, motivation, and memory.”

 

 

Divorce Research Update– J of D & Remarriage


Relocation, emerging adults, international perspectives.  The July 2015 issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Abela, A., Casha, C., Debono, M., & Lauri, M. A. (2015). Attitudes About Remarriage in Malta. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(5), 369-387. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1046799

Al Gharaibeh, F. M. (2015). The Effects of Divorce on Children: Mothers’ Perspectives in UAE. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(5), 347-368. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1046800

Jensen, T. M., & Bowen, G. L. (2015). Mid- and Late-Life Divorce and Parents’ Perceptions of Emerging Adult Children’s Emotional Reactions. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(5), 409-427. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1046795

Saini, M., Allan-Ebron, D., & Barnes, J. (2015). A Critical Review of Relocation Research Specific to Separation and Divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(5), 388-408. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1046797

Divorce Science Research Update 6-15-2015


In this update, we highlight a divorce education program developed for use in Spain.  Several countries in Europe only recently legalized divorce so there is much work to assist families in understanding the process and developing coparenting skills.  The results of this study suggest that this program shows much promise.

Martínez-Pampliega, A., Aguado, V., Corral, S., Cormenzana, S., Merino, L., & Iriarte, L. (2015). Protecting Children After a Divorce: Efficacy of Egokitzen: An Intervention Program for Parents on Children’s Adjustment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, , 1-11. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0186-7

A more complete list of research reports about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Divorce Science Research Update 6-5-2015


The most recent issue of the  Journal of Divorce and Remarriage  focus on divorce education, young adult adjustment, stepfamily adjustment and divorce in Portugal. This is Volume 56, Issue 4, 2015.

Portugal fairly recently (2008) enacted a “no-fault” divorce law.  Divorce rates in Portugal have been trending slightly upward over the past decade. (See graph.)

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Divorce in Portugal 

Pereira, M. G., & Pinto, H. (2015). Women’s Perception of Separation/Divorce in Portugal: A Sociodemographic Profile. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 300-316. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025896

Divorce Education (more resources for Divorce Education…)

Becher, E. H., Cronin, S., McCann, E., Olson, K. A., Powell, S., & Marczak, M. S. (2015). Parents Forever: Evaluation of an Online Divorce Education Program. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 261-276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025900

Young Adult Adjustment to Their Parents’ Divorce

Connel, B., Hayes, D., & Carlson, M. (2015). Relation Between Parental Divorce and Adjustment in College Students. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 336-345. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025756

Konstam, V., Curran, T., & Karwin, S. (2015). Divorce and Emerging Adult and Young Women: Building Foundations for Self-Development. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 277-299. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025897

Stepfamilies

Zeleznikow, L., & Zeleznikow, J. (2015). Supporting Blended Families to Remain Intact: A Case Study. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 317-335. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025845

 

Divorce Science Research Update 5-29-2015


This week’s summary is a report in The Journal of Chinese Sociology about the role of children (number, age, etc.) in predicting divorce.  Also, below is a figure showing the growth in the Chinese divorce rate.

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Xu, Q., Yu, J., & Qiu, Z. (2015). The impact of children on divorce risk. The Journal of Chinese Sociology, 2(1), 1. http://www.journalofchinesesociology.com/content/2/1/1

Chinese Divorce Rate-- 1979-2009

Divorce Science Research Updates– 5-22-2015


This week there are 7 new articles dealing with parent-child relationships postdivorce, alienated children interventions, stepfamilies, and predictors of divorce.  The work by Kalmijn exploring the variations in father-child relationships postdivorce is an important contribution to our understanding of the impact of divorce on parent-child relationships.  Also, alienation continues to be challenging for some families experiencing severe conflict, the work by Reay provides new ideas for helping these families.  See more 2015 articles and complete lists from 2010.

Parent-Child Relationships Post-Divorce

Davies, H. (2015). Shared Parenting or Shared Care? Learning from Children’s Experiences of a Post-Divorce Shared Care Arrangement. Children & Society, 29(1), 1-14. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12013

Kalmijn, M. (2015). How Childhood Circumstances Moderate the Long-Term Impact of Divorce on Father-Child Relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family, , n/a-n/a. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12202

Help for Alientated Children and Families

Reay, K. M. (2015). Family Reflections: A Promising Therapeutic Program Designed to Treat Severely Alienated Children and Their Family System. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 43(2), 197-207. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2015.1007769

Stepfamilies

Ivanova, K. (2015). Relationship satisfaction of the previously married: The significance of relationship specific costs and rewards in first and repartnering unions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265407515583942

Jensen, T. M., Shafer, K., & Holmes, E. K. (2015). Transitioning to stepfamily life: the influence of closeness with biological parents and stepparents on children’s stress. Child & Family Social Work, , n/a-n/a. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12237

Predictors of Divorce

Boertien, D., von Scheve, C., & Park, M. (2015). Can Personality Explain the Educational Gradient in Divorce? Evidence From a Nationally Representative Panel Survey. Journal of Family Issues, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0192513X15585811

Torvik, F. A., Gustavson, K., Roysamb, E., & Tambs, K. (2015). Health, health behaviors, and health dissimilarities predict divorce:  Results from the HUNT study. BMC Psychology, 3(13) doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40359-015-0072-5

Help for Alientated Children and Families

Reay, K. M. (2015). Family Reflections: A Promising Therapeutic Program Designed to Treat Severely Alienated Children and Their Family System. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 43(2), 197-207. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2015.1007769

Updated Listing of Journals with Divorce & Remarriage & Stepfamily Content


A list of the major journals that publish material about divorce, remarriage and stepfamily issues  has been updated.  The list includes journals with a primary focus on divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies as well as “family journals” that publish occasional aspects on these issues.

Also, included are family therapy journals that include a focus on couples and families who are dealing with divorce, remarriage and stepfamily issues in therapy

2015 New Scientific Studies (Jan-April, 2015)


Allemand, M., Hill, P. L., & Lehmann, R. (2015). Divorce and personality development across middle adulthood. Personal Relationships, 22(1), 122-137. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pere.12067

Allen, E. S., Rhoades, G. K., Markman, H. J., & Stanley, S. M. (2015). Prep for Strong Bonds: A review of outcomes from a randomized clinical trial. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10591-014-9325-3

Barzoki, M. H., Tavakoll, M., & Burrage, H. (2015). Rational-emotional ‘divorce’ in Iran: Findings of qualitative research on women with marital dissatisfaction. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 10(1), 107-122. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11482-014-9303-9

Baucom, B. R., Atkins, D. C., Rowe, L. S., Doss, B. D., & Christensen, A. (2015). Prediction of treatment response at 5-year follow-up in a randomized clinical trial of behaviorally based couple therapies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(1), 103-114. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038005

Bergström, M., Fransson, E., Modin, B., Berlin, M., Gustafsson, P. A., & Hjern, A. (2015). Fifty moves a year: Is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2014-205058

Bourassa, K. J., Sbarra, D. A., & Whisman, M. A. (2015). Women in Very Low Quality Marriages Gain Life Satisfaction Following Divorce. Journal of Family Psychology, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000075

Cunningham, M., & Skillingstead, K. (2015). Narratives of Socialization: Perceptions of Parental Influence After Childhood Divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(2), 137-154.

Cunningham, M., & Skillingstead, K. (2015). Narratives of socialization: Perceptions of parental influence after childhood divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(2), 137-154. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2014.996043

Dahl, S., Hansen, H., & Vignes, B. (2015). His, her, or their divorce? Marital dissolution and sickness absence in Norway. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(2), 461-479. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12166

deLusé, S. R., & Braver, S. L. (2015). A Rigorous Quasi-Experimental Design to Evaluate the Causal Effect of a Mandatory Divorce Education Program. Family Court Review, 53(1), 66-78. doi:10.1111/fcre.12131

Hatemi, P. K., McDermott, R., & Eaves, L. (2015). Genetic and environmental contributions to relationships and divorce attitudes. Personality and Individual Differences, 72, 135-140.

McShall, J. R., & Johnson, M. D. (2015). The association between relationship distress and psychopathology is consistent across racial and ethnic groups. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124(1), 226-231. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038267

Narayan, A., Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Toth, S. L. (2015). Interrelations of maternal expressed emotion, maltreatment, and separation/divorce and links to family conflict and children’s externalizing behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(2), 217-228. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10802-014-9911-8

Prentky, R. A., Lee, A. F., Lamade, R., Grossi, L., Schuler, A., Dube, G., . . . Pond, A. (2014). Placement Instability as a Risk Factor in Proximal Sexually Inappropriate and Aggressive Behaviors in a Child Welfare Sample. Journal of Child Custody, 11(4), 251-277. doi:10.1080/15379418.2014.987335

Reay, K. M. (2015). Family Reflections: A promising therapeutic program designed to treat severely alienated children and their family system. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 43(2), 197-207. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2015.1007769

Sohn, H. (2015). Health insurance and risk of divorce: Does having your own insurance matter? Journal of Marriage and Family, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12195

Steiner, L. M., Durand, S., Groves, D., & Rozzell, C. (2015). Effect of infidelity, initiator status, and spiritual well-being on men’s divorce adjustment. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(2), 95-108. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2014.996050

van Lawick, J., & Visser, M. (2015). No kids in the middle: Dialogical and creative work with parents and children in the context of high conflict divorces. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 36(1), 33-50. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1091

Weaver, J. M., & Schofield, T. J. (2015). Mediation and moderation of divorce effects on children’s behavior problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(1), 39-48. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000043

Weaver, J. M., & Schofield, T. J. (2015). Mediation and moderation of divorce effects on children’s behavior problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(1), 39-48. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000043

Yárnoz-Yaben, S. (2015). Forgiveness, adjustment to divorce and support from the former spouse in Spain. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(2), 289-297. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-013-9835-x

Yip, P. S. F., Yousuf, S., Chan, C. H., Yung, T., & Wu, K. C. -. (2015). The roles of culture and gender in the relationship between divorce and suicide risk: A meta-analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 128, 87-94. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.12.034

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.

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