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The relationship resource library

Key resources curated by OnePlusOne with input from Relate, Marriage Care and the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR).


Using this site

This site will allow you to narrow down the resources you are looking for by using search and filtering tools. You can then sort by latest, popular or list as A to Z. You are also able to narrow down the types of resources shown, including overviews for introductory discussions.

How we select resources

All resources found in the Relationships Alliance KnowledgeBank are curated by OnePlusOne on behalf of the Relationships Alliance. Each goes through a rigorous quality assurance process to ensure that it meets the highest standards. More information can be found on the About page.

The Relationships Alliance

The Relationships Alliance is made up of the UK’s top relationships organisations; Relate, OnePlusOne, TCCR and Marriage Care. Our work focuses on the full spectrum of relationship support – working at the personal, social and political level. Our work is focused on both personal and social relationships.

About Close

Relationships Matter: Understanding the Needs of Adults (Particularly Parents) Regarding Relationship Support


In spring 2009, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned Newcastle University to lead a study of adult couple relationships. The study was designed to inform the Government’s policy commitment to support couple relationships, particularly those of parents, so as to enhance the quality of family life and minimise the risks for children associated with parental separation. The objective was to extend understanding of the issues and situations which cause stress in couple relationships and consider how couple relationships can be better supported.

The study was undertaken in two phases. The first focused on couples whose relationship had broken down, resulting in separation, divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership; the second focused on couples in ongoing relationships of varying duration. Between June and December 2009 over 1,100 men and women participated in the study. Not all of them were resident in England, however, and the information provided by those living elsewhere in the UK has not been included in the analyses undertaken for this report.

The study has been wholly qualitative, with the expressed aim of gaining in-depth insights via a range of qualitative methods: e-surveys, interviews and focus groups. The volume of data gathered has been considerable and further analyses would be required to utilise the data to the full. While we cannot claim that the findings are in any way representative, we are certain that the issues and support needs discussed by participants and presented in this report will be familiar to most people who have been or are in a committed relationship. We believe, therefore, that the findings will enable both policymakers and practitioners to consider how partners can be supported to sustain and strengthen their couple relationship at different life stages.

The  findings from this study confirm those of many previous studies, thereby consolidating the evidence base and providing a clear steer for future action.

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