Australian Institute of Family Studies
We are the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. We conduct research to increase the understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.
12 Dec 2018: A recent report published by Tasmania’s Commissioner for Children and Young People highlights that while there are positive trends in early childhood development and adolescent risk-taking, Tasmanian children are growing up with higher levels of disadvantage than children in other Australian states and territories. In 2016, Tasmania had the highest levels of disadvantage in Australia, with more than two-thirds of children and young people living in areas of relative disadvantage.
Dec 2018: The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that adults should 'avoid physical punishment and verbal abuse of children’, citing evidence of ‘negative behavioral, cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional outcomes’. For research on the legal, ethical and behavioural issues surrounding corporal punishment in the Australian context, see CFCA’s resource sheet Corporal punishment: Key issues.
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