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Urganci, B., Chen, P. - H., & Williamson, H. C. Many distressed couples seek community-based relationship education but don’t benefit from it. Family Relations. pdf
Williamson, H. C. Innovative strategies for increasing sample size and diversity in family science research. Journal of Marriage and Family. PsyArxivAbstract
To build a robust, replicable, and generalizable family science we must ensure that our research includes samples that are large enough that we can test effects reliably and are diverse enough to speak broadly to families’ experiences. This can be challenging for family science researchers who focus on family processes because many of the features of high-quality family process research make the experience quite onerous for participants; often multiple family members must participate, and data is typically collected through intensive methods, such as video observation or daily diaries. These methodologies allow us to capture rich and detailed data about family processes, but can make it difficult to achieve a large and diverse sample. Fortunately, there are a number of promising methods already in use in family science, or currently being deployed in other related fields, that offer good prospects for family science researchers seeking to improve the samples used in their research by increasing sample size and/or diversity. This article highlights innovative methods that will be useful in overcoming some of the sampling challenges facing family science researchers, focusing on creative ways to use existing datasets, including secondary data analysis and integrative data analysis, and methods that can be deployed when collecting new data, including accessing alternative data sources such as digital trace data, collecting observational data remotely, methods for reaching underrepresented groups, and big-team science.
Williamson, H. C. Are moderate levels of stress particularly dangerous for relationship satisfaction? A conceptual replication of Tesser and Beach (1998). Social and Personality Psychology Compass , 17 (7), e12763. Publisher's Version pdf
Williamson, H. C., & Schouweiler, M. T. Household income differentiates quantity and quality of shared spousal time. Journal of Family Psychology , 37 (4), 528-537. pdf
Williamson, H. C., D'Angelo, A. V., & Warren, S. Recruitment and retention of diverse couples in relationship education with integrated economic services. Family Process , 62 (3), 915-931. pdf
Williamson, H. C., Chen, P. - H., & Lavner, J. A. Enhancing fathers’ parenting through strengthening couple functioning: A randomized controlled trial of low-income couples. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology , 91 (1), 43-49. pdf
Williamson, H. C., Bornstein, J. X., Cantu, V., Ciftci, O., Farnish, K. A., & Schouweiler, M. T. How diverse are the samples used to study intimate relationships? A systematic review. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships , 39 (4), 1087-1109. Publisher's version pdf
Williamson, H. C., Bradbury, T. N., & Karney, B. R. Experiencing a natural disaster temporarily boosts relationship satisfaction in newlywed couples. Psychological Science , 32 (11), 1709-1719. Publisher's Version pdf
Williamson, H. C., Zheng, Y., & Neff, L. A. Blame the pandemic: Stress spillover in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. NCFR Report: Family Focus , FF88, F6-F7. pdf
Neff, L. A., Nguyen, T. T. T., & Williamson, H. C. Too stressed to help? The effects of stress on noticing partner needs and enacting support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , 47 (11), 1565-1579. Publisher's Version pdf
Williamson, H. C. The development of communication behavior over the newlywed years. Journal of Family Psychology , 35 (1), 11-21. pdf
Williamson, H. C. Early effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on relationship satisfaction and attributions. Psychological Science , 31 (12), 1479-1487. Publisher's Version pdf
Nguyen, T. T. T., Neff, L. A., & Williamson, H. C. The role of stress mindset in support provision. Personal Relationships , 27 (1), 138-155. pdf
Lavner, J. A., Williamson, H. C., Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. Premarital parenthood and newlyweds' marital trajectories. Journal of Family Psychology , 34 (3), 279-290. pdf
Williamson, H. C., Nguyen, T. T. T., Rothman, K., & Doss, B. D. A comparison of low‐income versus higher‐income individuals seeking an online relationship intervention. Family Process , 59 (4), 1434-1446. pdf
Williamson, H. C., & Lavner, J. A. Trajectories of marital satisfaction in diverse newlywed couples. Social Psychological and Personality Science , 11 (5), 597-604. pdf
Williamson, H. C. Promoting marriage in unmarried parents through education and job-based interventions: A cautionary tale. NCFR Family Focus , FF79, F1-F3. pdf
Williamson, H. C., Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. Barriers and facilitators of relationship help-seeking among low-income couples. Journal of Family Psychology , 33, 234-239. pdf
Williamson, H. C., Hammett, J. F., Ross, J. M., Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. Premarital education and later relationship help-seeking. Journal of Family Psychology , 32, 276-281. pdf
Williamson, H. C., Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. Education and job-based interventions for unmarried couples living with low incomes: Benefit or burden?. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology , 85, 5-12.Abstract

Objective: Government initiatives undertaken to improve the earning potential of disadvantaged unmar- ried parents assume that job training and additional schooling will strengthen these families, yet alternative models predict that these same interventions could overwhelm couples’ limited resources, undermining family stability. Method: We use 3 waves of dyadic data and propensity score analysis to test these competing perspectives by examining the effects of job-related and school-related interventions on 3-year marriage rates. The sample consists of unmarried new parents averaging $20,475 in household income, 52% of whom are African American and 20% of whom are Hispanic/Latino. Results: Marriage rates decreased, from 17% to 10%, for couples in which men participated in school-related interventions. Mediation analyses indicate that school-related interventions reduce the amount of time men spend with their child and the amount of money they contribute to their household, reducing marriage rates in turn. Marriage rates were unaffected by women’s participation in school-related interventions, and by men’s and women’s participation in job-related interventions. Conclusion: Implementing economic interven- tions that increase income while minimizing demands on the limited resources of economically distressed couples may prove necessary for strengthening society’s most vulnerable families.