Australian mothers are increasingly undertaking paid work in the family home as they juggle the responsibilities of raising children and earning an income.
Australia's ageing population and a shift from institutional to community care has led to a dramatic increase in the number of women caring for family members with a disability or long term health problem.
New research has found that seven out of 10 Australian teenagers report a positive relationship with their parents - challenging the common perception that the typical parent-teenage relationship is a difficult one.
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.