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The project team will publish research findings and engagements with policy and practice developments in a variety of formats, across a range of media.

Publications from this project will build on the previous research of the research team.

This research work includes:

Dr Jacqui Gabb

Recent books

Barker M. J. and Gabb J. (2016) The Secrets of Enduring Love. London: Vermillion Random House.

Gabb J. and Fink J. (2015) Couple Relationships in the 21st Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Gabb J. (2009) Researching Intimacy in Families. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected recent articles and book chapters

Gabb J. & Allen, K. (in press) ‘Qualitative research on LGBT-parent families’ in A. E. Goldberg and K. R. Allen (eds.) LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice (2nd Edition). New York: Springer.

Gabb, J., McDermott, E., Eastham, R. and Hanbury, A. (ePub ahead of press) ‘Paradoxical Family Practices: LGBTQ+ young people, mental health and wellbeing’, Journal of Sociology. doi.org/10.1177/1440783319888286

McDermott, E., Gabb, J., Eastham, R. and Hanbury, A. (ePub ahead of press) ‘Family Trouble: Heteronormativity, emotion work and queer youth mental health’, Health. doi.org/10.1177/1363459319860572

Gabb J. (ePub ahead of press) ‘The relationship work of sexual intimacy in long-term partnerships’, Current Sociology. doi.org/10.1177/0011392119826619

Chonody J., Gabb J., Killian M., Dunk-West P. and Riggs, D. (2020) ‘Relationship quality and sexuality: A latent profile analysis of long-term heterosexual and LGB partnerships’, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 17(2) 203-225 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/26408066.2020.1723769

Dahl U. and Gabb J. (2020) ‘Trends in contemporary research on queer kinship and ‘same-sex parenthood’, Lambda Nordica – Nordic Journal of LGBTQ studies, 2-3 file:///C:/Users/Jacqui/Downloads/586-Article%20Text-800-1-10-20200218.pdf

Chonody, Jill M., Gabb, J., Killian, M. & Dunk-West, P. (2019). ‘Measuring relationship quality in an international study’ in: P. Dunk-West and T. Hafford-Letchfield (eds.) Sexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care: A Lifecourse Epistemology. Routledge, pp. 121–133.

Gabb, J. (2019) ‘It’s raining cats, dogs and diapers! The intersections of rising pet ownership and LGBTQ+ coupledom’, Families, Relationships, Societies, 8(2) 351–357. doi.org/10.1332/204674319X15583480855192

Langdridge, D., Gabb, J. and Lawson, J. (2019) ‘Art as a pathway to impact: understanding the affective experience of public engagement with film’, The Sociological Review, 67(3), 585–601. doi.org/10.1177/0038026118822822

Fink, J., & Gabb, J. (2018). ‘To Have and To Hold? The Relationality of Emotions and Couples’ Relationships in 21st Century Britain’ in K. Barclay, J. Meek, and  A. Thomson (eds.) Courtship, Marriage, and Marriage Breakdown: Perspectives from the History of Emotions. London: Routledge.

Langdridge, D, Gabb, J. and Lawson, J. (2018) ‘Working with group-level data in phenomenological research: a modified visual matrix method’, Qualitative Research in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2018.1499838

Chonody J. and Gabb J. (2018) ‘Understanding the role of relationship maintenance in enduring couple partnerships in later adulthood’, Journal of Marriage & Family Review, 55: 216-238. doi/full/10.1080/01494929.2018.1458010

Gabb J. (2018) ‘Unsettling lesbian motherhood: Critical reflections over a generation (1990-2015)’, Sexualities, 21(7): 1002-1020. doi.org/10.1177/1363460717718510

Mizielińska J., Gabb J. and Stasińska A. (eds.) (2018) ‘Introduction to Queer Kinship and Relationships’, Sexualities, 21(7): 975-982. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460717718511

Chonody J., Killian M., Gabb J., and Dunk-West P. (2016) ‘Understanding everyday relationship work: The development of the relationship maintenance scale’, Advances in Social Work, 17(2): 355-368. https://doi.org/10.18060/21155

Chonody J., Gabb J., Killian M., and Dunk-West P. (2016) ‘Measuring relationship quality in an international study: Exploratory and confirmatory factor validity’, Research on Social Work Practice, 28(8), 920–930.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731516631120

Gabb J. (2015) ‘Qualitative research: methods and methodology’ in A. E. Goldberg (eds.) Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. New York: Sage, pp.895-900

Gabb J. and Fink J. (2015) ‘Telling moments: Qualitative mixed methods research on personal relationships and family lives’, Sociology 49(5): 970–987.

Gabb J. and Singh R. (2014) ‘Reflections on the challenges of understanding racial, cultural and sexual differences in couple relationship research’ Journal of Family Therapy, 37: 210–227 DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.12044 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-6427.12044/pdf

Gabb J. and Singh R. (2014) ‘The uses of emotion maps in research and clinical practice with families and couples: methodological innovation and critical inquiry’, Family Process, 54: 185–197 DOI: 10.1111/famp.12096 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/famp.12096/pdf

Gabb J. (2013) ‘Embodying risk: managing father–child intimacy and the display of child nudity in families’, Sociology

Gabb J. (2012)  ‘Qualitative Research on LGBT-Parent Families’ in A. E. Goldberg and K. R. Allen (eds.) LGBT-Parent Families: Possibilities for New Research and Implications for Practice. New York: Springer, pp.324-342.

Gabb J. (2012) ‘The Affect of Methods’ in S. Hines and Y. Taylor (eds.), Sexualities: Past Reflections, Future Directions, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: pp.32-51.

Gabb J. (2011) ‘Troubling Displays: The Affect of Gender, Sexuality and Class’ in E. Dermott and J. Seymour (eds.) Displaying Families. A New Concept for the Sociology of Family Life, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: pp. 38-60.

Gabb J. (2011) 'Family Lives and Relational Living: Taking Account of Otherness', Sociological Research Online, Vol. 16(4): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/4/10.html

Gabb J. (2011) ‘Introduction to Critical Concepts: Families, Intimacies and Personal Relationships’ (with Elizabeth B. Silva), Sociological Research Online Vol. 16(4): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/4/23.html

Gabb J. (2010) ‘Home Truths: Ethical Issues in Family Research’, Qualitative Research, Vol. 10(4): 461-478.

Gabb J. (2009) ‘Researching Family Relationships: A Qualitative Mixed Methods Approach’, Methodological Innovations Online, Vol. 4(2): 37-52: http://www.pbs.plym.ac.uk/mi/pdf/12-8-09/4.%20Gabb%20-%20final%20August%209%2009.pdf

Dr Janet Fink

Recent books

Fink, J. and Å. Lundqvist (eds) (2010) Changing Relations of Welfare: Family, Gender and Migration in Britain and Scandinavia. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Fink, J. and Lundqvist, Å (eds) (2009) Välfärd, genus och familj. Liber: Malmö

Selected recent articles and book chapters

Fink J. (forthcoming 2012) ‘Representations of family troubles through the 20th century’ in J. Ribbens McCarthy, C. A. Hooper and V. Gillies (eds.) Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People. Bristol: Policy Press.

Fink J. (forthcoming 2012) ‘Visualising meanings and experiences of everyday life: insights from a photography walking tour’, Critical Social Policy, Vol. 32(1).

Fink J. (forthcoming 2012) ‘Marriage, divorce and the responsibilities of parents in 1950s’ British cinema’ in V. Cvetkovic and D. Olson (eds.) Fleeting Images. Lexington Books. 

Fink J. (2011) ‘For better or for worse? The dilemmas of unmarried motherhood in mid-twentieth century popular British film and fiction’, Women’s History Review, Vol. 20 (1): 145-60.  

Fink J. and K. Holden (2010) ‘Paradoxes of gender and marital status in mid-twentieth century British welfare’ in J. Fink and .Lundqvist, (eds) Changing Relations of Welfare: Family, Gender and Migration in Britain and Scandinavia. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Fink J. (2008) ‘Inside a hall of mirrors: residential care and the shifting constructions of childhood in mid-twentieth century Britain in Paedagogica Historica, Vol. XLIV (111): 287-307.

Dr Jane McCarthy

Recent books

Ribbens McCarthy J., M. Doolittle and S. Day Sclater (2012 forthcoming) Family Meanings. Bristol: Policy Press.

Ribbens McCarthy J., C. A. Hooper and V. Gillies (eds.) (2012 forthcoming) Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People. Bristol: Policy Press.

Ribbens McCarthy J. and R. Edwards (2011) Key Concepts in Family Studies. London: Sage.

Selected recent articles and book chapters

Ribbens McCarthy J. (forthcoming) ‘The powerful relational language of “family”, togetherness, belonging and personhood’, Sociological Review

Ribbens McCarthy J. (forthcoming) ‘Care after death: relationality and (the absence of) embodiment’ in C. Rogers and S. Weller (eds.) Care in Context: Understanding Caring Relations, Identities and Cultures. London: Routledge

Ribbens McCarthy J. (2010) ‘Bereavement, young people and social context’, in Barbara Monroe and Frances Kraus (eds.) Brief Interventions with Bereaved Children. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press

Ribbens McCarthy J. (2009) ‘Young people making meaning in response to death and bereavement’ in D. E. Balk and C. Corr (eds.) Adolescent Encounters with Death, Bereavement and Coping. New York: Springer Press.

Ribbens McCarthy J. (2008) ‘Security, insecurity and family lives’ in A. Cochrane and D. Talbot (eds.) Security: Crime, Welfare and Society. Milton Keynes: Open University / Open University Press.

Dr Martina Klett-Davies

Recent books

Klett-Davies M. (ed.) (2010) Is parenting a class issue? London: Family & Parenting Institute.

Klett-Davies M. (ed.) (2008) Putting sibling relationships on the map: a multidisciplinary perspective. London: Family & Parenting Institute.

Klett-Davies M. (2007) Going it alone? Lone motherhood in late modernity. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Selected book chapters

Klett-Davies M. and Skaliotis E. (2009) ‘Mothers, childcare and the work-life balance’ in S.E. Hunt (ed.) Family Trends – British families since the 1950s. London: Family & Parenting Institute.


Hunt S., S. Virgo, M. Klett-Davies, A. Page and J. Apps (2011) Provider influence on the home learning environment (Part 1 & Part 2). London: Family & Parenting Institute.

Klett-Davies M., E. Skaliotis and I. Wollny (2008) Mapping and analysis of parenting services in England. London: Family & Parenting Institute.


Contact us

For further details on the project and all media enquiries, please contact: 

Principal Investigator

Professor Jacqui Gabb

Chair of Sociology and Intimacy



The Open University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences and Global Studies
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes