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.
Exploring family trends with new Facts & Figures
14 May 2019: To mark National Families Week, celebrated each year from 15 to 21 May, AIFS produced four new fact sheets about trends in modern Australian families. The four included an analysis of the growing trend for young people to stay at home with their parents into adulthood, and a snapshot of divorce trends that showed that while divorces are trending down, more couples are divorcing later in life.
Supporting children through disasters and traumatic events
5 Apr 2019: Natural disasters and other traumatic events can seriously impact the emotional wellbeing of those affected. The Emerging Minds organisation, which is dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children and adolescents, has developed a suite of resources to help workers, parents and carers to support children before, during and after a traumatic event.
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AIFS in the news
Girls influenced by fathers' drinking — Feb 2019
Teens turn to parents and friends for help — Nov 2018
Why smacking children is harmful — Nov 2018
Mates keep bullies away — Nov 2018
Dieting a weight on teenage minds — Oct 2018
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