A new study Fertility and Family Policy in Australia released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies confirms that total fertility rates (TFR) are at historically low levels in Australia and below the level required for population replacement.
In the latest issue of Family Matters the Australian Institute of Family Studies' premier journal, researcher Jennifer Baxter examines relationships between work hours and specific aspects of parenting for fathers of 4-5 year old children. The study was based on data from Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, which is being managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Employment aspirations of non-working mothers with long-term health problems by Jennifer Renda, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Research paper no.40, 2007.
A special edition of Family Matters, no.76, 2007 highlights the range of different ways that families care for each other.
How four year-olds spend their days: Insights into the caring contexts of young children, by Dr Jennifer Baxter and Professor Alan Hayes in Family Matters, no.76, 2007.
The Families Caring for a Person with a Disability Study and the social lives of carers, by Dr Ben Edwards, Dr Daryl Higgins (Australian Institute of Family Studies), and Dr Norbert Zmijewski (Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) in Family Matters, no.76, 2007.
Caring about sexual assault: the effects of sexual assault on families, and the effects of family responses to sexual assault on victim/survivors, by Dr Zoë Morrison in Family Matters, no.76, 2007.
Professor Alan Hayes, Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, has become an Ambassador for National Families Week 2007, Australia's main celebration of the importance of families.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies released a major new research report today. It was commissioned by the Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department as part of its Family Law Violence Strategy. The report is a benchmark study based on data relating to a period prior to the 2006 reforms to the family law system and will be used to assist in evaluating aspects of the reforms. It provides some challenging findings about the frequency of allegations of violence and abuse and the amount of supporting material around those allegations.
In celebration of National Families Week 2007, the Australian Institute of Family Studies has produced a Facts Sheet about how families spend their time.