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.
Girls’ friendships are key to thriving through tough times
Findings from AIFS’ Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), also known as Growing Up in Australia, have highlighted the vital role of friendships in improving children’s – and particularly girls’ – resilience and helping them to bounce back from setbacks. For more information, see the LSAC Annual Statistical Report and this Conversation article by AIFS’ Tracy Evans-Whipp and Constantine Gasser.
Support for evaluating your programs
Reviewing your plans for the year? Get all the support you need to plan, implement and evaluate your program with help from our Families and Children (FaC) Expert Panel Project, which helps service providers to plan, implement and evaluate programs for families and children using evidence-based approaches.
Coronavirus response: Resources for families
Coronavirus has had a huge impact on family life. Children home from school, parents working from home, or out of work. Grandparents isolated. Illness and fears for health and safety. It is a stressful time, but it can also be an opportunity for families to pull together and strengthen the bonds between them.
Here are some resources that can help.
AIFS in the news
Female friendships strengthen resilience — Feb 2021
Coronavirus response: Resources for families — Apr 2020
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