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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.