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'To be a good husband and father' : a study of men over 40 in Wyong who are not in full-time work. /

by University of Newcastle. Department of Social Work.

Publisher: Callaghan, N.S.W. Department of Social Work, University of Newcastle 1994Description: 37 P. + appendices.Notes: December 1994 Cover titleAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A portrait of child poverty in Australia in 1995-96

by Harding, Ann | University of Canberra. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling | Szukalska, Agnieszka.

Publisher: Bruce, A.C.T. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra 1998Description: 32 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Paper presented at the 6th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 26 November 1998.Summary: In Australia, as in many other developed countries, there has been growing concern about increasing income inequality and a possible accompanying increase in poverty rates. One of the areas of greatest concern is children and how poverty impacts on their well-being (both mental and physical). In this paper the latest ABS income survey data are used to assess the extent of child poverty in Australia in 1995-96. The analysis suggests that most children in poverty in Australia are in that situation because one or both of their parents is unemployed, a sole parent, self-employed or one of the ‘working poor’. Availability: (1)

A snapshot of early childhood development in Australia : Australia Early Development Index (AEDI) National Report 2009 /

by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. Centre for Community Child Health 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2011 Re-issueSummary: In 2009, the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) was completed nationwide for the first time. Between 1 May and 31 July, information was collected on 261,203 children (97.5 per cent of the estimated national five-year-old population). ; The AEDI is a population measure of children's development in communities across Australia. ; The AEDI gives us a national picture of children's health and development 'a first for Australia'. The results pinpoint strengths in the community as well as what can be improved.Availability: (1)

Australia's ageing population : how important are family structures? /

by Walker, Agnes | National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra 1997Description: v, 58 p. ; 21 cm.Other title: NATSEM. Discussion paper ; no. 19.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 1997 Includes bibliographical references.Summary: In Australia, as in most Western economies, concerns about the impact of the ageing of the population have led to a series of policy initiatives that generally aim to assign greater responsibility to individuals for the costs associated with ageing. ; Analyses of the effects of ageing published to date have tended to rely on aggregate projections of population and age structures. Interdependencies between individuals have rarely been taken into account, and it is only in some recent studies that the complex relationship between family structures and the size of government social expenditure has been recognised. Such studies cite broad statistics on the significant support that older people offer their families and on the importance of family members as carers for the aged. ; In this paper traditional approaches to studying the effects of ageing in the population are reviewed and a complementary approach, using dynamic microsimulation, is discussed. The advantage of dynamic microsimulation is that, in projecting future population patterns, the life cycles of individuals can be tracked, along with their family characteristics (such as spouses, children and grandparents) and household characteristics (including finances and wealth accumulation). ; The paper concludes with an account of the development work on dynamic microsimulation modelling at NATSEM, indicating the areas where this tool will be best able to advance understanding of age related policy issues.Availability: (1)

Birth order matters : the effect of family size and birth order on educational attainment. /

by Booth, Alison | Kee, Hiau Joo.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:27:54 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Changes in income distribution across the life cycle : the contribution of changes in work, household structure and income support. /

by McClelland, Alison | Australian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: 1995Description: 12 leaves photocopy.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Child well-being and sole parent family structure in the OECD : an analysis /

by Chapple, Simon | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France OECD 2009Description: PDF.Other title: OECD social, employment and migration working paper : no. 82.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 60-73Summary: This paper addresses the causal impact of being raised in a sole-parent family on child well-being across the OECD. The question is answered by a cross-OECD meta-analysis and a literature review. ; The overall conclusion is that the literature on the effects of sole parenthood on child well-being, while extensive and growing in sophistication, lacks a clear consensus on the existence of a causal effect. That any such effect is small is a conclusion which can be asserted with more confidence. There is enough in the literature to suggest policy makers should be concerned about the implications of family structure for child well-being. Policy makers should keep a close eye on social trends in terms of changes in family structure, as well as on the developing research literature on the impact of family structure on child well-being. However, there may not be enough in the literature yet, in the absence of extra-scientific priors, to advocate radical policy change, especially if levers to change family form are costly to undertake or uncertain in effect. What should be clear from this review is that this is an area of social science which is rapidly expanding. It may well be that in another decade research will cast a more certain light on the questions addressed here.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Culture, health and parenting in everyday life /

by Chalmers, Sharon.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Centre for Cultural Research. University of Western Sydney 2006Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Family structures and ways of parenting can influence the relationships between health workers and parent/carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This study by Sharon Chalmers presents the results of focus groups and individual interviews with parents/carers from Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese-speaking communities, three of the largest culturally diverse groups that access Sydney Children s Hospital.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Early health related behaviours and their impact on later life chances : evidence from the US. /

by Burgess, Simon M | Propper, Carol.

Publisher: London, U.K. Centre for Analysis for Social Exclusion 1998Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 1998Availability: (1)

Effect of family structure on life satisfaction : Australian evidence. /

by Evans, M. D. R | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research | Kelley, Jonathan.

Publisher: [Parkville, Vic.] Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2004Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2004 Includes bibliographical references (p. 22-25)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Explaining the gender poverty gap in developed and transitional economies /

by Pressman, Stephen | Luxembourg Income Study.

Publisher: Syracuse, NY Luxembourg Income Study 2000Description: 31 leaves.Notes: September 2000 Includes bibliographical references (p. 28-31) Website : Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Extension amidst retrenchment : gender and welfare state restructuring in Australia and Sweden. /

by Shaver, Sheila | University of New South Wales. Social Policy Research Centre.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Social Policy Research Centre. University of New South Wales 1998Description: 44 p. ; 21 cm.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 1998 Includes bibliographical referencesAvailability: (1)

Family characteristics, Australia /

by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic.Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) catalogue no. 4442.0 2011Description: HTML.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: ABS Cat. no. 4442.0 2009-10 ; Family Characteristics and Transitions, Australia 2006-07 ; Family Characteristics, Australia Jun 2003 ; Apr 1997 Households, families and persons, Selected characteristics, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 Households, families and persons, Selected characteristics by State All families, Family composition, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 All families, Family life stage type, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 All families, Family life stage type by remoteness All children, Family type by age of child, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 Partners in couple families and lone parents, Family type and relationship in household by age of partner or lone parent, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 Families with children, Employment status of parents by family type by age of youngest child All children, Employment status of parents by family type by age of child Families with children aged 0-17 years, Family structure for families, persons and children, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 Families with children aged 0-17 years, Family structure by age of youngest child Children aged 0-17 years, Frequency of contact with grandparents by family type and age of child Children aged 0-17 years, Whether has natural parent living elsewhere, by age and family structure Children aged 0-17 years with a natural parent living elsewhere, Contact arrangements, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 Children aged 0-17 years with a natural parent living elsewhere, Contact arrangements by age of child, 1997, 2003, 2006-07, 2009-10 Children aged 0-17 years with a natural parent living elsewhere, Whether covered by child support arrangements by age of child Persons who have children aged 0-17 years living elsewhere with other parent, Selected demographic and household characteristics Persons who have children aged 0-17 years living elsewhere with other parent, Selected child support and contact arrangements by sex Data item list Family Characteristics 2009-10Summary: The 2009-10 Family Characteristics Survey collected information on household and family composition, along with demographic and labour force characteristics of persons within households and families. A particular focus of the collection is families with children aged 0-17 years. For those families, additional information is collected about family structures, the social marital status of parents, and contact arrangements for children with a natural parent living elsewhere. In the 2009-10 survey, information was also collected about children's contact with their grandparents, and about child support arrangements for children with a natural parent living elsewhere. ; The Family Characteristics Survey has been conducted before, in 1982, 1992, 1997, 2003 and 2006-07. The content is largely repeated, which enables comparisons to be made over time. ; The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Family Characteristics topic in the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS), which was conducted as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPHS was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, excluding very remote parts of Australia, from July 2009 to June 2010.Availability: (1)

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)

For kids' sake : repairing the social environment for Australian children and young people /

by Parkinson, Patrick | University of Sydney. Faculty of Law.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. University of Sydney. Faculty of Law 2011Description: v, 117 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011Summary: For very good reasons, Australians of all ages, backgrounds and political persuasions are concerned about the environment. What we do now in terms of looking after the environment will affect the nation not only in the present, but for generations to come. Rightly, we are thinking about what legacy we are going to leave our children, and their children, in terms of the natural world on which we all depend. However little attention has been paid to the social environment in which our children are growing up, and the dangers that the deterioration of this environment presents for the future. Indeed, many of us may not even be aware of how bad things are becoming. One of the reasons is that any report card on the wellbeing of the nation's children is likely to be mixed. Australia remains the Lucky Country in many respects. The wellbeing of Australian children has improved on a number of measures in the last decade or so, in particular in terms of physical and economic wellbeing. Yet overall levels of wellbeing, and even upward trends for the majority of the population, can disguise increasingly serious problems for many children. When the position of the nation's most troubled children and young people is considered, there are indications that all is not well, and that on numerous measures, the situation is deteriorating at an extraordinarily rapid pace. There has also been a decline, more generally, in the psychological wellbeing of young people. As a society, we may be healthier and wealthier than a generation ago, but contentment has proved much more elusive.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Intergenerational conflict, changes and resolutions within the Sudanese community : parents vs young people. /

by Puoch, Gatwech.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program 2006Description: pp.Notes: This paper was presented on 27 June 2006 at the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs Conference, hosted by Victoria University, Melbourne.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Intra-household time allocation : gender differences in caring for children /

by Garc a-Mainar, Inmaculada | Institute for the Study of Labor | Molina, Jos Alberto | Montuenga, V ctor M.

Publisher: Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor 2009Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This paper analyses the intra-household allocation of time to show gender differences in childcare. In the framework of a general efficiency approach, hours spent on childcare by each parent are regressed against individual and household characteristics, for five samples (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), with data being drawn from the European Community Household Panel-ECHP (1994-2001). Empirical results show a clear inequality in childcare between fathers and mothers, with this being more evident in Mediterranean countries. Panel data estimates reveal that, in general, caring tasks are mainly influenced by the presence of young children in the household, by the total non-labor income, and by the ratio of mothers' non-labor income to family's non-labor income, with this latter variable exhibiting a different behavior across genders and across countries.Availability: (1)

It's not all over : families after divorce and separation. /

by Seddon, Elizabeth | Disney, Helen.

Publisher: 1999Description: p. 213-225.Notes: Rec. no. for conference: B9540 (v. 1) ; B9541 (v. 2) December 1999 Includes bibliographical references indexed chapterAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Life chances /

by Deacon, Kim | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Miller, Gregory.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Film Finance Corporation Ltd and Film Projects Pty Ltd 1995Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (ca. 56 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.Notes: Janet Taylor Distributed by Film Australia. Produced in association with The Brotherhood of St. Laurence. Produced with the assistance of NSW Film and TV Office. Family & early yearsSummary: LIFE CHANCES tells the stories of seven families from different cultures, educations and income levels and by focusing on a child in each family, it looks at discrepancies between the opportunities and choices offered to each of the children. ; The film is based on a longitudinal study by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, which follows 160 families with a child born in 1990 in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. The study is recording changes in the family unit over years, creating a larger picture of the social movement of the families and children concerned. It compares issues of income, education, health and community services. ; The opportunity to make a documentary arose out of this extensive research and the seven families who took part reflect the different situations into which Australian children are being born in the 1990’s. ; The film features families from Vietnamese, Hmong, Turkish, Greek and Anglo-Celtic backgrounds. By sharing the intimacy and diversity of family life, the film explores issues of cultural identity and social change and its impact on the next generation. It contrasts the expectations of new arrivals with those of Australian born families. ; Children are dependent on the family to provide the structure in their lives, so the film looks at how the experience of the family shapes the children. Focussing on the 4 year-old child, the film asks how their life now will shape their life in the future. ; Jacinta, an educated single mother, dedicates her time and attention to her only child Isabel; while Fue, the son of Laotian refugees, competes with five other children under six for his mother’s attention. Lindy and Alan take holidays, Helen’s family is unable to afford even a family outing. Some families are ‘living on the edge’, unaware of services others take for granted. ; We see the widening gap between the employed and the unemployed. A Single income family is now likely to be living on the poverty line. We see government cuts reducing the services families depend on. The film highlights the issues affecting each family; poverty, access to education, language, work stress, and lack of family support. ; Fitzroy, the oldest suburb of Melbourne was until recently the home of many of Melbourne’s poor, but is rapidly changing through a process of gentrification. A suburb of contrasts, from Housing Commission tenants to double-income homeowners, Fitzroy links all the families and provides the framework within which the stories are set. Featuring sites where people’s paths cross in daily life, the film connects families different in their cultural and economic experiences through their common environment. ; To understand Australian society better we need to know more about what is shaping individual lives, which policies are successful and which are not. Social welfare, multiculturalism and education all play an important part. ; Looking at the different opportunities available to children from one inner city suburb, LIFE CHANCES reveals issues shaping the lives of Australians. While the cycle of poverty and the obstacles to change are revealed by the study, the film focuses on personal stories; parents expectations for their children, the support they provide and the support they are able to access being the main factors affecting children’s chances of achieving their full potential. ; LIFE CHANCES is an FFC/SBS Accord documentary screened on The Cutting Edge program in 1995.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (3).

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