Family trends and structure in Australia

Family trends and structure in Australia

Peter McDonald

Historical publication – July 1993

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This booklet presents discussion and statistical information on trends and the structure of families in Australia. It begins with a discussion of the various definitions of the family including the definition used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Drawing on ABS data, the author looks at types of families including couple families, one parent families, married and de facto couples and natural parents and step families. Finally, family transitions or the ways family change, for instance by children leaving home, the forming of relationships, having children, the ending of relationships and repartnering are explored.

Australian Family Briefing No 3

Publication details

Historical publication
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, July 1993
8 pp.

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