Parents & children

The parent–child relationship affects every aspect of the social fabric. What supports work best for parents and children?

Publications about Parents & children

Research summary— May 2017

This Families Week fact sheet takes a close look at the data about "stay-at-home dads", to see if that perception matches reality.

Same-sex couple families in Australia
Research summary— Sep 2016

Children raised in same-sex parented families progress emotionally, socially and educationally at the same rate as other children.

Understanding parenting disputes after separation
Research Report— Aug 2016

Explores the behaviour of separated parents by exploring the psychology of post-separation parental disputes and then interrogating three data sets.

How many hours per week does an Australian mother spend on housework? Before having a child: 16. Became a mother: 25. Youngest child started school: 30. Youngest child turned fifteen: 28. Children left home: 25. Source: HILDA 2002-14.
Research summary— May 2016

Becoming a mother heralds a dramatic change in the lives of Australian women.

Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments— Oct 2015

Compares the experiences of parents who had separated either before or after the family law reforms were introduced.

Life satisfaction across life course transitions
Australian Family Trends— Sep 2015

Does life satisfaction improve or decline as people grow older? What happens to people's outlook as they pass through the common events of life?

AIFS tile
Commissioned report— Dec 2014

Presents findings from Wave 3, conducted in 2012 with 9,028 parents five years after separation.

CFCA— Sep 2014

Explores some of the characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices that contribute to family functioning.

AIFS tile
Commissioned report— Jun 2014

Explores the prevalence of different types of family environments, and the influence of these environments on children's developmental outcomes.

Families, policy and the law
Collection— May 2014

This AIFS book explore some of the complexities of the child and family issues facing those working in social policy and legal systems

Child care participation and maternal employment trends in Australia
Research Report— Dec 2013

This paper explores trends in child care in Australia from 1984 to 2011, for children aged under 12 years old with employed mothers

CFCA— Dec 2013

A review and synthesis of the Australian and international literature on same-sex parented families.

Australian mothers' participation in employment
Research Paper— Nov 2013

This paper explores the characteristics of employed and non-employed mothers, to identify the factors that contribute to differing employment levels

Australian households and families
Australian Family Trends— Jul 2013

This facts sheet examines the extent and nature of change in household and family forms.

Australian families with children and adolescents
Australian Family Trends— Jul 2013

This facts sheet examines the extent and nature of change in household and family forms.

Parents working out work
Australian Family Trends— Apr 2013

This sheet presents statistical information about trends in parents' engagement in paid work, examining mothers' and fathers' employment patterns

Family-related life events
Research Report— Dec 2012

Examines the prevalence of different life events among Australian adults, and the links between life events and personal wellbeing

Families, life events and family service delivery
Research Report— Aug 2012

This report reviews the literature on life events experienced by families and ways in which they prepare for and/or deal with them

Families make all the difference: Helping kids to grow and learn
Research summary— May 2012

Prepared for the 2012 National Families Week, with this year's theme being "Families make all the difference: Helping kids to grow and learn"

Families in regional, rural and remote Australia
Research summary— Mar 2011

This Facts Sheet describes how the characteristics of families differ between the "city" and the "country" or "bush"