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Families in Australia 2011 : sticking together in good and tough times /

by Hayes, Alan | Australian Institute of Family Studies | Qu, Lixia | Weston, Ruth | Baxter, Jennifer.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2011Description: iv, 23 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 22-23; Produced to celebrate National Families Week 2011, held 15-21 May under the theme 'Sticking together: families in good and tough timesSummary: This report draws on recent statistics to provide a picture of selected aspects of Australian families in 2011. It first explores some of the demographic and social changes that set the scene for contemporary family life and then considers patterns of participation in work and family life. The focus then turns to participation in community life through voluntary work and caring for others, expectations about the availability of support in times of need, and government assistance to families and individuals. The final sections of the report explore economic wellbeing and life satisfaction.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Families the and now : 1980 - 2010 /

by Hayes, Alan | Australian Institute of Family Studies | Weston, Ruth | Qu, Lixia | Gray, Matthew.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2010Description: 8 p.Summary: Australian families have changed significantly over the last thirty years but they remain the basic unit in society for caring for each other and raising children, according to this report. ; At the time Australian Institute of Family Studies commenced operations in 1980, the marriage rate was declining, and although the vast majority of couples were married, increasing proportions were cohabiting (i.e., in a de facto marriage). The divorce rate had peaked when the Family Law Act 1975 came into force in 1976 - the same year in which the fertility rate had fallen to below replacement level for the first time. By 1980, the divorce rate had subsided but was well above pre-1976 rates, while the fertility rate had continued its downward slide. Alarm bells were ringing about where the family was heading and whether it would even survive. ; In this 30th anniversary year, it is timely to reflect on ways in which Australian families have changed over the life of the Institute and to consider some of the trends that were underway prior to its establishment. This Facts Sheet begins with a brief outline of trends in basic family structure, and then examines transitions that have contributed to these structural changes and some of the key ways in which family functioning has changed.Availability: No items available

Family structure, child outcomes and environmental mediators : an overview of the development in diverse families study. /

by Wise, Sarah | Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2003Description: [website].Online Access: Link to website Notes: February 2003Summary: There is abundant evidence that Australian families are undergoing rapid change. The diversity of families is evident in the growth of non-traditional family structures. Family structure can be defined in terms of parents' relationships to children in the household (for example, biological or nonbiological), parents' marital status and relationship history (for example, divorced, separated, remarried), the number of parents in the family, and parents' sexual orientation.Availability: (1)

Family thesaurus : subject terms used in Australian Family & Society Abstracts. /

by Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Edition: 6th ed.Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2001Description: xi, 146 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Family violence : towards a holistic approach to screening and risk assessment in family support services /

by Robinson, Elly | Australian Institute of Family Studies. Australian Family elationships Clearinghouse | Moloney, Lawrie.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse. Briefing ; no..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 17-18Summary: This paper reviews the current research and literature specific to family violence screening and risk assessment. It is hoped that the paper will assist service providers and practitioners to develop and evaluate tools for use within family support services.Availability: (1)

Getting a lot further : some factors influencing decisions which ethnic families make about children's schooling and post-school futures. /

by Hartley, Robyn | Maas, Frank.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 1987Description: 102 p.Notes: Report prepared for the Ministerial Committee on Multicultural and Migrant EducationAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Growing up in Australia : 2007 longitudinal study of Australian children research conference. /

by Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2007Description: HTML.Summary: LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN (LSAC)Availability: No items available

Homelessness : an annotated bibliography of Australian research /

by Loft, Jenny.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 1988Description: vi, 165 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Housing stress and the mental health and wellbeing of families . /

by Robinson, Elly | Australian Institute of Family Studies | Adams, Ren.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2008Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.aifs.gov.au/afrc/pubs/briefing/b12pdf/b12.pdf' Checked: 2/03/2009 9:53:54 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Family & early years Into & out of work INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Indigenous responses to child protection issues /

by Higgins, J. R | Australian Institute of Family Studies | Butler, N.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2007; Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care 2007Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Cover title. "National Child Protection Clearinghouse' -- T.p. verso "This project was conducted as a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care".Summary: In booklet 4, Indigenous responses to child protection issues, programs that collaborate with child protection services to enhance culturally relevant responses to child protection issues are profiled.Availability: (1)

Issues for the safety and wellbeing of children in families with multiple and complex problems : the co-occurrence of domestic violence, parental substance misuse, and mental health problems /

by Bromfield, Leah | Australian Institute of Family Studies. National Child rotection Clearinghouse | Lamont, Alister | Parker, Robyn | Horsfall, Briony.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Australian Institute of Family Studies. National Child.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 21-23Summary: Families with multiple and complex problems are no longer a marginal group in service delivery. In fact, they have become the primary client group of modern child protection services. The challenge for child protection services is to respond holistically to address inter-related problems, in order to better support families to make and sustain changes to better meet the needs of children.Availability: (1)

Lone and couple mothers in the Australian labour market : exploring differences in employment transitions? /

by Baxter, Jennifer | Australian Institute of Family Studies | Renda, Jennifer.

Publisher: Melbourne Australian Institute of Family Studies 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Australian Institute of Family Studies [AIFS]. Research paper.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: An earlier version of this paper, The Stability of Lone Mothers' Employment: Using HILDA Calendar Data to Examine Work Transitions, was presented at the HILDA Research Conference in September 2009. Bibliography : p. 31-34 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: While more mothers have been participating in the paid workforce, over recent years, the employment rate of lone mothers remains lower than that of couple mothers. Concerns about the wellbeing of adults and children living in jobless households contribute to continuing interest in explaining the relatively low employment rate of lone mothers. This paper provides new insights into possible reasons for the different rates of employment of lone and couple mothers by examining how their employment transitions vary. A focus on transitions enables us to examine whether the lower employment rate of lone mothers is due to their being less likely to enteremployment, more likely to exit employment once employed, or a combination of both. Monthly calendar data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey are used to identify and compare the rate at which lone and couple mothers move into and out of employment over a seven-year period. These data show that in any one-month period, lone mothers are less likely to be employed than couple mothers. Of those employed in a one month period, lone mothers are more likely to transition out of employment than couple mothers; however, not-employed lone and couple mothers are no different in their likelihood of transition into employment.Availability: (1)

Long work hours and the wellbeing of fathers and their families. /

by Weston, Ruth | Gray, Matthew | Qu, Lixia | Stanton, David.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2004Description: 25 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2004Availability: (1)

Matching work and family commitments : Australian outcomes in a comparative perspective. /

by Adema, Willem | Whiteford, Peter.

Publisher: 2008Availability: No items available

Measuring social capital : towards a theoretically informed measurement framework for researching social capital in family and community life. /

by Stone, Wendy.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2001Description: vii, 38 p.Notes: 23 July 2008 - MISSING February 2001 Bibliography: p. 35-38 Website : http://www.aifs.org.auAvailability: No items available

New narratives of early school leavers /

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic.10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference 9-11 July 2008, Melbourne. 2008Description: 9 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Paper presented by Janet Taylor at the 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference 9-11 July 2008, Melbourne. SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: The first hand stories of early school leavers can illuminate current policy issues for the crucial transition from school to work. The majority of young people in Australia finish Year 12, and those who leave school early are often portrayed as ?at risk? of social exclusion. The Life Chances Study illustrates the diversity of situations and experiences of early school leavers and explores this risk. The Brotherhood of St Laurence?s longitudinal Life Chances Study has followed a group of some 140 young people from diverse backgrounds since their birth in inner Melbourne in 1990. Eight of these young people had left school by the age of 16. They have been interviewed six monthly since then, both in person and by phone, and their stories recorded. A narrative interview approach has been used. In addition longitudinal data is available to deepen the analysis. The findings complement earlier research on voices of early school leavers (Smyth J et al 2000; Hodgson D 2007), but with a focus on post-school experiences. The young people?s individual pathways are diverse and complex and include experiences of trying to return to school, attempting TAFE and other post-school training, of trying to find work and of using employment services and other support agencies. The young people also discuss what would be helpful for service development to assist early school leavers. Analysis of this research is currently underway to highlight policy implications.Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
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Parent-child contact and post-separation parenting arrangements. /

by Smyth, Bruce (ed.).

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2004Description: xii, 140 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2004 Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: (1)

Parenting influences on adolescent alcohol use /

by Hayes, Louise | Australian Institute of Family Studies | Smart, Diana | Toumbourou, John W.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2004Description: xv, 104 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: November 2004 Report prepared by the Australian Institute of Family Studies for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Bibliography: p. 94-101Availability: (1)

Parenting partnerships in culturally diverse child care settings : a care provider perspective. /

by Hand, Kelly | Wise, Sarah.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2006Description: x, 29 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 27-29) May 2006Availability: (1)

Protecting Australia's children research audit (1995-2010) : Final report /

by McDonald, Myfanwy | Australian Institute of Family Studies | Higgins, Daryl | Valentine, Kylie | Lamont, Alister.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2011 Bibliography : p. 51-52Summary: The purpose of this audit is to identify, describe and disseminate information about Australian research projects (including program evaluations) undertaken during the 1995-2010 period on topics relating to the protection of children. This audit covers a broad scope of topics, ranging from universal preventative initiatives through to statutory child protection and out-of-home care -- Executive summaryAvailability: (1)

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