Fathers’ work-life balance affects children’s mental health


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Media release

August 2018


Jennifer Baxter, Lyndall Strazdins, Jianghong Li

Recent research by AIFS and the Australian National University shows that fathers' work-life balance impacts on children's mental health. While the ability of mothers to juggle work and family commitments has long been known to affect children, the survey of 2496 families shows dads’ work matters too. Dads report wanting to be there more for their children, but their work often doesn't allow them to do so.

A related report, ‘Long hours and longing’, showed that around a third – 35% – of children considered that their father works too much, and 17% wished that he did not have to work at all.

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