Family Matters

Family Matters


Latest issue

No. 100, 2018

Exploring issues affecting Australian families for 37 years

We celebrate 100 issues of Family Matters by looking back on some of the important research completed by the Institute over the years and looking forward - presenting some current research focused on issues that matter to families and communities today.

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Next issue: 2018

Previous issues

No. 87, 2011

Sustaining families in challenging times

Family Matters No. 87 focuses on the theme of Sustaining families in challenging times covering such topics as who's really time poor; children in poverty; UK family policy, lone mothers and paid work; families at risk; living-apart-together (LAT) relationships; and past adoption practices

No. 86, 2011

Family law

Family Matters No. 86 focuses on family law covering such topics as a summary of the AIFS evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms, care time arrangements ater the 2006 reforms, post-separation parenting, child support, relocation disputes, work-family strain amongst mothers

No. 85, 2010

Violence, abuse and neglect

Family Matters No. 85 focuses on the theme of violence, abuse and neglect covering such topics as connections between childhood family experiences and wellbeing in early adulthood; young people with parents who use alcohol or other drugs; family violence; sexual assault victim/survivors' criminal justice needs; family contact for infants in out-of-home care; kinship care; teenagers contributing to household work; collaborative law; dispute resolution choices.

No. 84, 2010

Family and place

Family Matters No. 84 focuses on aspects of place, including neighbourhood effects and the measurement of locational disadvantage, and how place-based programs can ameliorate the impacts of disadvantage on children, families and communities.

No. 83, 2009

Hard times

This issue of Family Matters covers the impacts of recessions on families; joblessness, family relations, and children’s development; financial disadvantage and children’s school readiness; young people transitioning from state out of home care; social isolation among retired men and women; and the Family Violence Protect Act.

No. 82, 2009

Family portraits

Parents and their young adult children; children's participation in family law disputes; characteristics of cohabiters; children's relationships with step-parents; effective caring in carer support sector; sole-parent families; Indigenous social exclusion


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