Families, life events and family service delivery: A literature reviewLawrie Moloney, Ruth Weston, Lixia Qu and Alan Hayes

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This report reviews the literature on life events experienced by families and ways in which they prepare for and/or deal with them.

It covers factors or triggers that lead families to navigate successfully or unsuccessfully through life events, and then addresses the ways in which such events affect families who have been functioning well and those who were already struggling prior to the event occurring.

Finally, the report provides an assessment of service delivery models that aim to support those negotiating a range of life events.

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Acknowledgements

Many people have provided a great deal of assistance in the preparation of this report.

This work was commissioned and funded by the Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS). We are very grateful to the enthusiastic support and sound advice we received throughout the entire process by the DHS team with whom we worked, especially Rosie Burn, Jodi Sargent and Robyn Longman. We are particularly grateful to Jessie Dunstan for her meticulous assistance in the final stages, which included checking references, and proofreading and amending drafts.

We are also indebted to staff members in the Institute's library, especially Carole Jean, Anita Emmanouilidis and Gillian Lord, who provided invaluable assistance in locating and deriving some of the key literature on which this report is based. Finally, we wish to thank Lan Wang, the Institute's Publishing Manager, for both editing and polishing this work.

Regardless of these invaluable contributions, we, the authors, remain responsible for any errors or omissions.

Authors

Lawrie Moloney is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Ruth Weston is Assistant Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Lixia Qu is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Alan Hayes is the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Publishing details

AIFS Research Report 20, 2012
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, August 2012, 67 pp. ISBN 978-1-921414-91-6, ISSN 1477-1477 (online)

Suggested citation:

Moloney, L., Weston, R., Qu, L., & Hayes, A. (2012). Families, life events and family service delivery: A literature review (Research Report No. 20). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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