Research papers and reports

The AIFS Research report series publishes substantive outputs from research projects undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies based on primary or secondary data analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data, or comprehensive literature reviews.

The AIFS Research paper series includes shorter analyses of existing datasets, conceptual analyses, reviews, and outlines of work-in-progress to facilitate discussion and debate.

Note: Earlier AIFS series are also included in the list below although not all are available online. Please contact us if you have a query about obtaining a copy of any of our publications.

2014

Research report No. 27 Victim/survivor-focused justice responses and reforms to criminal court practice: Implementation, current practice and future directions
Bluett-Boyd, N. & Fileborn, B. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2014, 88 pp

2013

Research report No. 26 Child care participation and maternal employment trends in Australia
Baxter, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2013, 52 pp
Research report No. 25 The tyrannies of distance and disadvantage
Edwards, B., & Baxter, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2013, 86 pp
Research paper No. 52 Australian mothers' participation in employment
Baxter, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2013, 52 pp
Research report No. 24 Access to early childhood education in Australia
Baxter, J., & Hand, K. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2013, 90 pp
Research paper No. 51 Stability and change in risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties
Vassallo, S., Lahausse, J., & Edwards, B. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2013, 29 pp
Research report No. 23 The role of emerging communication technologies in experiences of sexual violence: A new legal frontier?
Bluett-Boyd, N., Fileborn, B., Quadara, A., & Moore, S. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2013, 88 pp

2012

Research report No. 22 Family-related life events: Insights from two Australian longitudinal studies
Qu, L., Baxter, J., Weston, R., Moloney, L., & Hayes, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012,131 pp
Research report No. 21 Past Adoption Experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices
Kenny, P., Higgins, D., Soloff, C. and Sweid, R. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012, 257 pp
Research report No. 20 Families, life events and family service delivery: A literature review
Moloney, L., Weston, R., Qu, L. and Hayes, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012, 67pp
Research report No. 19 Life around here: Community, work and family life in three Australian communities
Hand, K., Gray, M., Higgins, D., Lohoar, S. and Deblaquiere, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012, ix, 54pp

2011

Research paper No. 50 Tracking children's development over time: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Outcome Indices, Waves 2 and 3.
Misson S., Sanson A., Berthelsen D., Rogers H., Rothman S., Sipthorp M., Wake M. and the LSAC Research Consortium. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2011, 24pp
Research paper No. 49 Migration, labour demand, housing markets and the drought in regional Australia.
Hunter, B. and Biddle, N. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2011, 32pp
Research paper No. 48 Lone and couple mothers in the Australian labour market: Exploring differences in employment transitions.
Baxter, J. and Renda, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2011, 55pp

2010

Research report No. 18 Insights into sexual assault perpetration: Giving voice to victim/survivors' knowledge.
Clark, H. and Quadara, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2010, 68pp
Research paper No. 47 The impact of child support payments on the labour supply decisions of resident mothers.
Taylor, M. and Gray, M. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2010, 23pp
Research report No. 17 In the driver's seat II: Beyond the early driving years.
Vassallo, S., Smart, D., Cockfield, S., Gunatillake, T., Harris, A. and Harrison, W. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2010, 91pp
Research paper No. 46 Divorce and the wellbeing of older Australians.
Gray, M., de Vaus, D., Qu, L. and Stanton, D. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2010, 28pp
Research paper No. 45 An exploration of the timing and nature of parental time with 4-5 year olds using Australian children's time use data.
Baxter, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2010, 32pp

2009

Research paper No. 44 Parental time with children: Do job characteristics make a difference?
Baxter, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2009, 28pp
Research paper No. 43 Breastfeeding and infants' time use.
Baxter, J. and Smith, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2009, 48pp

2008

Research report No. 16 The nature and impact of caring for family members with a disability in Australia.
Edwards, B., Higgins, D., Gray, M., Zmijewski, N. and Kingston, M. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2008, 122pp
Research paper No. 42 Timing of mothers' return to work after childbearing: Variations by job characteristics and leave use.
Baxter, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2008, 48pp
Research paper No. 41 Fertility and family policy in Australia.
Gray, M., Qu, L. and Weston, R. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2008, 42pp

2007

Research report No. 15 Allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law children's proceedings: a pre-reform exploratory study.
Moloney, L., Smyth, B., Weston, R., Richardson, N., Qu, L. and Gray, M. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2007, 173pp
Research paper No. 40 Employment aspirations of non-working mothers with long-term health problems.
Renda, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2007, 32pp
Research paper No. 39 Differential parenting of children from diverse cultural backgrounds attending child care.
Wise, S. and da Silva, L. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2007, 36pp
Research paper No. 38 The consequences of divorce for financial living standards in later life.
de Vaus, D., Gray, M., Qu, L. and Stanton, D. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2007, 27pp

2006

Research paper No. 37 Reservation wages and the earnings capacity of lone and couple mothers: Are wage expectations too high?.
Gray, M. and Renda, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2006, 34pp
Research paper No. 36 Parenting partnerships in culturally diverse child care settings: A care provider perspective.
Hand, K. and Wise, S. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2006, 39pp

2005

Research report No. 14 The efficacy of early childhood interventions.
Wise, S., da Silva, L., Webster, E. and Sanson, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2005, 114pp
Research report No. 13 A snapshot of contemporary attitudes to child support.
Smyth, B. and Weston, R. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2005, 106pp
Research report No. 12 In the driver's seat: Understanding young adults' driving behaviour.
Smart, D. and Vassallo, S. with Sanson, A., Cockfield, S., Harris, A., Harrison, W. and McIntyre, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2005, 119pp + Appendices

2004

Research report No. 11 'It's not for lack of wanting kids...' A report on the Fertility Decision Making Project.
Weston, R., Qu, L., Parker, R. and Alexander, M. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2004, 208pp
Research report No. 10 Parenting influences on adolescent alcohol use.
Hayes, L., Smart, D., Toumbourou, J.W. and Sanson, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2004, 104pp
Research report No. 9 Parent-child contact and post-separation parenting arrangements.
Smyth, B. ed. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2004, 140pp
Research paper No. 35 Long work hours and the wellbeing of fathers and their families.
Weston, R., Gray, M., Qu, L. and Stanton, D. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2004, 24pp

2003

Research paper No. 34 Measuring the value of unpaid household, caring and voluntary work of older Australians.
de Vaus, D., Gray, M. and Stanton, D. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2003, 23pp
Research paper No. 33 Changes in the labour force status of lone and couple Australian mothers, 1983-2002.
Gray, M., Qu, L., Renda, J. and de Vaus, D. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2003, 24pp
Research paper No. 32 Family change and community life: exploring the links.
Hughes, J. and Stone, W. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2003, 42pp
Research paper No. 31 Social capital at work: How family, friends and civic ties relate to labour market outcomes.
Stone, W., Gray. M. and Hughes, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2003, 34pp
Research paper No. 30 Family structure, child outcomes and environmental mediators: an overview of the Development in Diverse Families Study.
Wise, S. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2003, 42pp

2002

Research report No. 8 Children's health and development: new research directions for Australia.
Sanson, A. ed. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2002, 62pp
Research report No. 7 Family-friendly work practices: differences within and between workplaces.
Gray, M. and Tudball, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2002, 55pp
Research paper No. 29 Lessons of United States welfare reforms for Australian social policy.
Gray, M. and Stanton, D. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2002, 32pp
Research paper No. 28 Why marriages last: a discussion of the literature.
Parker, R. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2002, 26pp
Research paper No. 27 Social capital: empirical meaning and measurement validity.
Stone, W. and Hughes, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2002, 64pp
Research paper No. 26 Determinants of Australian mothers' employment: An analysis of lone and couple mothers.
Gray, M., Qu, L., de Vaus, D. and Millward, C. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2002, 24pp

2001

Research report No. 6 Collected works: 1980-2001: Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Whithear, D., comp. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2001, 97pp (Out of Print) (Refer to AIFS publications page for up to date information)
Research paper No. 25 Division of matrimonial property in Australia.
Sheehan, G. and Hughes, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2001, 39pp
Research paper No. 24 Measuring social capital: Towards a theoretically informed measurement framework for researching social capital in family and community life.
Stone, W. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2001, 38pp
Australian Family Briefing No. 11 How should family services respond to 'Children in Need'?
Wise, S. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2001, 4pp
Australian Family Briefing No. 10 Ageing yet diverse: the changing shape of Australia's population.
Weston, R., Qu, L. and Soriano, G. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2001, 6pp

2000

Research report No. 5 Parenting in Australian families: a comparative study of Anglo, Torres Strait Islander and Vietnamese communities.
Kolar, V. and Soriano, G. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2000, 67pp
Research report No. 4 Pathways from infancy to adolescence: Australian Temperament Project 1983-2000.
Prior, M., Sanson, A., Smart, D. and Oberklaid, F. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2000, 83pp
Research report No. 3 A guide to calculating the costs of children.
Australian Institute of Family Studies. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2000, 28pp
Research paper No. 23 Financial living standards after divorce: a recent snapshot.
Smyth, B. and Weston, R. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2000, 26pp, tables, figures
Research paper No. 22 Child care in cultural context: issues for new research.
Wise, S. and Sanson, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2000, 23pp
Note: The Research paper series continues the Working paper series
Working paper No. 21 Towards a theorised understanding of family life and social capital.
Winter, I. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2000, 18pp, tables
Australian Family Briefing No. 9 Planning the first wave of the Australian Family Panel Survey.
Weston, R.E. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2000, 4pp

1999

Research report No. 2 The UK Looking After Children approach in Australia.
Wise, S. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 66pp
Research report No. 1 Australian Institute of Family Studies Research Plan 1999-2001. (Archived)
Saunders, P. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 24pp
Working paper No. 20 Towards understanding the reasons for divorce.
Wolcott, I. and Hughes, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 29pp, tables
Working paper No. 19 Understanding links between family experience, obligations and expectations in later life.
Millward, C. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 22pp, figures
Working paper No. 18 Superannuation and divorce in Australia.
Dewar, J., Sheehan, G. and Hughes, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 39pp, tables
Working paper No. 17 Reconceptualising Australian housing careers.
Winter, I. and Stone, W. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 18pp, tables, figures
Working paper No. 16 Spousal support in Australia: a study of incidence and attitudes.
Behrens, J. and Smyth, B. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 32pp
Australian Family Briefing No. 8 A framework for future research in premarriage education.
Parker, R. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 4pp
Australian Family Briefing No. 7 The new 'Australian Family Panel Survey'.
Saunders, P. and Glezer, H. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 4pp
Australian Family Briefing No. 6 Superannuation and divorce in Australia.
Dewar, J., Sheehan, G. and Hughes, J. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 4pp
Australian Family Briefing No. 5 What future for family research?
Saunders, P. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1999, 4pp

1998

Working paper No. 15 Family relationships and intergenerational exchange in later life.
Millward, C. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1998, 44pp
Working paper No. 14 Families in later life: dimensions of retirement.
Wolcott, I. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1998, 24pp
Working paper No. 13 Social polarisation and housing careers: exploring the interrelationship of labour and housing markets in Australia.
Winter, I. and Stone, W. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1998, 23pp

1997

Australian Family Briefing No. 4 Work and family values, preferences and practice.
Glezer, H; Wolcott, I. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1997, 4pp

1995

Early Childhood Study Series No. 7 Today's child care, tomorrow's children.
Ochiltree, G. and Edgar, D Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1995, 81pp (Out of Print)
Early Childhood Study Series No. 6 Towards integration and quality assurance in children's services.
Wangmann, J. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1995, 152pp (Out of Print)

1994

Early Childhood Study Series No. 5 Effects of child care on young children: forty years of research.
Ochiltree, G. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1994, 155pp (Out of Print)

1993

Working paper No. 12 Families and services.
Burbidge, A. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1993, 74pp (Out of Print)
Australian Family Briefing No. 3 Family trends and structure in Australia.
McDonald, P. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1993, 8pp (Out of Print)
Australian Family Briefing No. 2 Family law and marriage breakdown in Australia.
Harrison, M. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1993, 8pp (Out of Print)
Early Childhood Study Series No. 4 Use and Choice of Child Care.
Ochiltree, G. and Greenblat, E. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1993, 85pp (Out of Print)

1992

Australian Family Briefing No. 1 Adoption law in Australia.
Stonehouse, B, comp. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1992, 8pp (Out of Print)

1991

Early Childhood Study Series No. 3 Taking the children to work.
Jackson, J. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1991, 65pp
Early Childhood Study Series No. 2 Sick children: how working mothers cope.
Ochiltree, G. and Greenblat, E. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1991, 40pp
Early Childhood Study Series No. 1 An ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on: the use of child health services in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Ochiltree, G. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1991, 49pp

1987

Working paper No. 11 Implications of marital separation for young children.
Smiley, G W; Chamberlain, E R; Dalgleish, L I. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1987, ix, 45pp (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 14 Workers with family responsibilities: implications for employers.
Wolcott, I. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1987, vii, 62pp (Out of Print)

1986

Working paper No. 10 Living together: young couples in de facto relationships;
A report using Australian Family Formation Project data prepared for the Institute of Family Studies.

Khoo, S. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 1986, 50pp, tables, figures (Out of Print)

1985

Working paper No. 9 Family formation and ethnicity.
Khoo, S. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1985, 73pp, tables (Out of Print)

1984

Working paper No. 8 Cost of children in Australia.
Lovering, K. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1984, 47pp, tables (Out of Print)
Working paper No. 7 Widowed families with children: personal need and societal response.
Rosenman, L; Shulman, A D; Levine, M. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1984, 20pp, tables (Out of Print)
Working paper No. 6 The Piers-Harris Children's Self Concept Scale: an evaluation of its use on an Australian population.
Amato, P R. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1984, 7pp, tables (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 13 Marriage, the family and family law in Australia.
Edgar, D. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1984, 80pp (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 12 Changing families, changing schools: parent involvement in schools.
Ochiltree, G. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1984, 39pp, figures, tables, ill (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 11 Can the family survive?
Mcdonald, P. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1984, 18pp, tables, ill

1983

Discussion paper No. 10 Children's participation in divorce.
Edgar, D; Harrison, M. Melbourne: Institute of Family Studies, 1983, 18pp

1982

Working paper No. 5 Divorce in Australia.
Stewart, D; Harrison, M. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1982, 9p, tables (Out of Print)
Working paper No. 4 One-parent families and educational disadvantage.
Edgar, D; Headlam, F. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1982, 12pp, tables (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 9 Changing laws for changing families.
Harper, P. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1982, 24pp (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 8 Singles in Australian society.
Staples, R. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1982, 24pp, tables (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 7 Violence and the family.
Stewart, D E. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1982, 16pp (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 6 Family change and early childhood development.
Edgar, D; Ochiltree, G. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1982, 24pp, ill (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 5 The rights of the child.
Asche, K J A. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1982, 18pp (Out of Print)

1981

Working paper No. 3 Migrant families in Australia: a review of some social and demographic trends of non Anglo Saxon migrants 1947 to 1981.
Storer, D. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1981, 15pp, tables (Out of Print)
Working paper No. 2 Marriage counselling in Australia: a review.
Wolcott, I. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1981, 15pp, tables (Out of Print)
Working paper No. 1 Informal marriages.
Harrison, M. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1981, 12pp, figures (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 4 The changing face of childhood.
Ochiltree, G; Edgar, D. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1981, 26pp, ill (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 3 Work and the family.
Rapoport, R; Rapoport, R N. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1981, 26pp (Out of Print)

1980

Discussion paper No. 2 The family and the pre-school child.
Edgar, D; Ochiltree, G. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1980, 15pp (Out of Print)
Discussion paper No. 1 Possible directions for an Australian family policy.
Edgar, D. Melbourne, Vic: Institute of Family Studies, 1980, 24pp (Out of Print)

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