A limited but growing amount of Australian research into fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work practices tentatively suggests that a FIFO lifestyle can have positive, negative or few effects on children and on family relationships, depending on the circumstances.
Every parent faces the decision to leave his or her child home alone for the first time. For a mature and prepared child, being trusted to stay home alone can be a positive experience, one that fosters independence and a sense of responsibility.
Australian research into FIFO work practices suggests this lifestyle has a range of effects on children and on family relationships.
A review and synthesis of the Australian and international literature on same-sex parented families.
For busy practitioners who are striving to meet the needs of families with limited resources, taking the time out to ask how the dads are going may seem like a luxury.
Raising a child with a disability can bring additional challenges and demands to the daily life of parents and carers. Whilst several studies report positive and satisfying aspects to caregiving, a growing body of evidence suggests that caring can also have adverse effects on health and wellbeing.
Dr Jennifer McIntosh outlines a risk-screening tool that assists separating parents and professionals to detect and evaluate well-being and risks.
Financial support after separation can affect children’s wellbeing across a range of areas, and negotiation of financial arrangements is one of the key tasks for many parents in the post-separation period.
This paper looks at the risk factors associated with young people exiting the education system prematurely, particularly in a family context
Regular school attendance plays a significant role in shaping both school-related and later life outcomes, including reduced levels of unemployment, risk of destructive behaviour, use of addictive substances, welfare dependency and involvement in the justice system.