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

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.

Weight loss fail concept. Scale and depressed, frustrated and sad woman sitting on floor holding head and arms on knees.
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.

A school girl holding her grandfather's hand and walking down the path of the house
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter describes changes in the housing experiences of children who have moved house and the impact of family separation on housing experiences.

Young girl getting her eyes checked by a medical doctor
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter uses data collected between 2004 and 2014 to provide a snapshot of how health care services are used.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth wellbeing 2018

This report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) brings together data on Indigenous youth health and wellbeing, including social and economic determinants of health, risk factors and use of health services.

Smacking children: The rights and wrongs

The American Academy of Pediatrics now states 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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