Publications

AIFS produces a number of publications relating to our research throughout the year. These include research papers and reports, facts sheets, commissioned reports and submissions. We also publish our peer-reviewed journal Family Matters twice a year and prepared reports for Closing the Gap.

All publications are also listed in our library catalogue.

See also publications from  Growing Up in Australia .

Assessing the effectiveness of school-based sexual abuse prevention programs

Kerryann Walsh, Karen Zwi, Susan Woolfenden and Aron Shlonsky
Family Matters No. 97, 2016

This article highlights the importance of systematic reviews for research synthesis, with the strength of this approach demonstrated through the authors’ recent Cochrane review into the effectiveness of school-based programs for the prevention of child sexual abuse. It describes the features of evaluation studies and the differences between systematic reviews and more traditional literature reviews, before summarising the findings of their recent Cochrane review.

Welfare conditionality as a child protection tool

Kelly Hand, Ilan Katz, Matthew Gray and Rob Bray
Family Matters No. 97, 2016

In the Northern Territory, child protection case workers can call for families to be subject to “Child Protection Income Management” if they believe this form of conditional welfare will improve child outcomes. This article summarises a recent research study into its use and effectiveness. The article describes the aims and methodology of the study, how the Child Protection Income Management scheme operates, the characteristics of families referred to the scheme, referrals to other support services and interventions, and the views of caseworkers on its effectiveness.

Parent-only care in Australia: What it is and why it matters

Emma Phillips and Paula Baron
Family Matters No. 97, 2016

Recently, there has been much in the media about increasing women's workforce participation and the related issue of providing informal and formal child care. However, what are the issues and views of parents who are not prepared to "outsource" the care of their children? This article draws attention to this overlooked group. It reviews the international literature on "parent-only" care and presents findings from an Australian study on parent-only carers' values and motivations and the impact on labour force participation.

Online safety

CFCA Resource Sheet— March 2016

An overview of online safety for parents, including useful resources and practical tips for monitoring and protecting children online

Marriage and relationship education: Recent research findings

Joanne Commerford and Cathryn Hunter
Family Matters No. 97, 2016

This article reviews the research on relationship education and relationship counselling. It investigates the effectiveness of these strategies in working with couples who are at varying stages of their relationship - from highly satisfied at the beginning of their relationship, to highly distressed and considering separation. The article addresses some of the complexities and issues surrounding how and why these strategies work in order to assist practitioners in engaging more effectively with couples and families.

The Expert Panel project: Towards better outcomes for families

Elly Robinson and Marian Esler
Family Matters No. 97, 2016

In 2014, the Australian Government Department of Social Services commissioned the establishment of a panel of experts to help service providers in the family support sector to deliver evidence-based programs and practices. It is funded from 2014-19 and is hosted by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA). This article describes the development of the Panel and its processes, management, evaluation, and initial projects.

Doing gender overnight?: Parenthood, gender and sleep quantity and quality in Australia

Stefanie Plage, Francisco Perales and Janeen Baxter
Family Matters No. 97, 2016

The importance of sleep cannot be underestimated, as sleep affects domains such as physical and mental health, work-related productivity, and longevity. Yet, we know surprisingly little about the social determinants of sleep in contemporary Australia. International evidence suggests that parenthood and gender are important factors influencing individuals' sleep quantity and quality, with parents sleeping less and worse than non-parents and mothers sleeping less and worse than fathers.

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