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.

Recent publications

Teenage school friends smiling to camera, close up
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017— Dec 2018

This is the eighth volume of the Annual Statistical Report series for Growing Up in Australia.

A group of teenagers sitting in a circle listening to one of the girls speaking
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

This chapter describes the past help-seeking behaviours and future help-seeking intentions of adolescents, focusing on who adolescents go to for help.

A group of highschool students walking down a corridor
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Nov 2018

Examines the peer relationships of Australian Children around mid-adolescence and the influence of these friendships on attitudes and behaviour.

Teenagers having lunch in the cafeteria
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter provides a description of how young people are faring in relation to eating problems at 14–15 years of age.


Tasmania’s children living with higher levels of disadvantage

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.

Smacking children: ineffective and harmful

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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