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Around one in three adolescents have considered self-injury

Media release — September 2021

Thoughts of non-suicidal self-injury are common among young people and increase during the adolescent years, according to new research released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). The study found that thirty percent of respondents had considered non-suicidal self-injury between the ages of 14 and 17, while 18% reported acts of self-injury.

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Families doing it tough relied on early access to superannuation to make ends meet

Media release — September 2021

Of the 3.5 million people1 who accessed superannuation through the Federal Government's early release program last year, most reported using the money as the scheme had intended – to assist their family with the financial impacts of COVID – according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

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One-fifth of Australian women say COVID-19 impacted their plans of having children.

Media release — July 2021

New research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows one in five Australian women changed their plans of having children because of COVID-19, and one in seven women indicated that COVID-19 likely impacted on when they would have children, with the majority of this cohort (92%) choosing to delay having children.

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Two thirds of Australians are working from home.

Media release — June 2021

Despite relaxed COVID restrictions in most parts of the country, more Australians are taking up the option to work from home, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

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