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3C Empresa     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
A contrario     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Abordajes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Academicus International Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
ACCORD Occasional Paper     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acta Scientiarum. Human and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Adıyaman Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 148)
Administrative Theory & Praxis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
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Advances in Appreciative Inquiry     Hybrid Journal  
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African Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
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Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Al-Mabsut : Jurnal Studi Islam dan Sosial     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Alteridade     Open Access  
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
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Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Andamios. Revista de Investigacion Social     Open Access  
Anemon Muş Alparslan Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Annals of Humanities and Development Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Annuaire de l’EHESS     Open Access  
Anthropocene Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Anthurium : A Caribbean Studies Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Approches inductives : Travail intellectuel et construction des connaissances     Full-text available via subscription  
Apuntes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Apuntes de Investigación del CECYP     Open Access  
Arbor     Open Access  
Argomenti. Rivista di economia, cultura e ricerca sociale     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Argumentos. Revista de crítica social     Open Access  
Around the Globe     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Arquivos do CMD : Cultura, Memória e Desenvolvimento     Open Access  
Articulo - Journal of Urban Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Asian Journal of Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Management Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Asian Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Astrolabio     Open Access  
Atatürk Dergisi     Open Access  
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Aboriginal Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Australian Journal of Emergency Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Australian Journal on Volunteering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Balkan Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
BARATARIA. Revista Castellano-Manchega de Ciencias sociales     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences     Open Access  
Berkeley Undergraduate Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Big Data & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
Bildhaan : An International Journal of Somali Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
BMC Medical Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Bodhi : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Body Image     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
BOGA : Basque Studies Consortium Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Border Crossing : Transnational Working Papers     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Brain and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Études Andines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Caderno CRH     Open Access  
California Italian Studies Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
California Journal of Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Caminho Aberto : Revista de Extensão do IFSC     Open Access  
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Caribbean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Catalan Social Sciences Review     Open Access  
Catalyst : A Social Justice Forum     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Catholic Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
CBU International Conference Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cemoti, Cahiers d'études sur la méditerranée orientale et le monde turco-iranien     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Challenges     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
China Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ciencia e Interculturalidad     Open Access  
Ciencia y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencia, Cultura y Sociedad     Open Access  
Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciências Sociais Unisinos     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciencias Sociales y Educación     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CienciaUAT     Open Access  
Citizen Science : Theory and Practice     Open Access  
Citizenship Teaching & Learning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Ciudad Paz-ando     Open Access  
Civilizar Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Civitas - Revista de Ciências Sociais     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CLIO América     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cogent Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Colección Académica de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Communities, Children and Families Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Compendium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Comuni@cción     Open Access  
Comunitania : Revista Internacional de Trabajo Social y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Confluenze Rivista di Studi Iberoamericani     Open Access  
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contemporary Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Contribuciones desde Coatepec     Open Access  
Convergencia     Open Access  
Corporate Reputation Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
CRDCN Research Highlight / RCCDR en évidence     Open Access  
Creative and Knowledge Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Creative Approaches to Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Critical Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Critical Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
CTheory     Open Access  
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos Interculturales     Open Access  
Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Cultural Trends     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Culturales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Culturas. Revista de Gestión Cultural     Open Access  
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access  
Culture Scope     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
De Prácticas y Discursos. Cuadernos de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Derecho y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desacatos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desafios     Open Access  
Desenvolvimento em Questão     Open Access  
Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Diálogo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
DIFI Family Research and Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Discourse & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Drustvena istrazivanja     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
e-Gnosis     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
E-Journal of Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Économie et Solidarités     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Education, Business and Society : Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues     Hybrid Journal  
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Electronic Journal of Radical Organisation Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Empiria. Revista de metodología de ciencias sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Encuentros Multidisciplinares     Open Access  
Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Entramado     Open Access  
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Equidad y Desarrollo     Open Access  
Espace populations sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 1)     Open Access  
Estudios Avanzados     Open Access  
Estudios Fronterizos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Estudios Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Estudios Sociales     Open Access  
Ethics and Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Ethnic and Racial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Ethnobotany Research & Applications : a journal of plants, people and applied research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études rurales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Eureka Street     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
European Journal of Futures Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Journal of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
European Review of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
European View     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Exchanges : the Warwick Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ExT : Revista de Extensión de la UNC     Open Access  
Families, Relationships and Societies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Family Matters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)

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   ISSN (Print) 1832-8318 - ISSN (Online) 1030-2646
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  • Issue 99 - Institute seminars
    • PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - The expert panel project: What have we learned to date?
    • Abstract: Robinson, Elly
      The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) was commissioned by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to establish a panel of experts to assist agencies funded under the department's Families and Children Activity ("the Panel"; 2014-2019). The role of the Panel is to advise, mentor, support and train service providers to increasingly offer services and programs that are shown to improve outcomes for families and children.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - Supported playgroups for parents and children: The evidence for
           their benefits
    • Abstract: Commerford, Joanne; Robinson, Elly
      Playgroups are local, community-based groups that bring together preschool-aged children and their parents or carers for the purpose of play and social activities (Dadich and Spooner, 2008). The delivery of playgroups throughout Australia has been an integral part of the landscape of early childhood programs for many decades; however, despite the prominence of playgroups in the lives of Australian families, there have been limited efforts to establish through formal evaluation processes whether they contribute to outcomes for children, parents and/or communities. While there is generally a lack of evaluation studies to support the effectiveness of playgroups, vastly different funding and operational models also contribute to a highly diverse group of programs being labelled as playgroups. This creates difficulties in establishing an understanding of "what works".

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - Insights from the Australian government department of social
           services' families group
    • Abstract: Baxter, Roslyn
      The focus of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is on the development of policies, programs and payments to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. Over the last few years, DSS has worked with service providers, peak organisations and state and territory governments to lay solid foundations, through embedding evidencebased practice and increasing our focus on early intervention and prevention, where we know we are likely to have the greatest and most lasting impact on families and children.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - Evaluating the outcomes of programs for Indigenous families and
    • Abstract: Muir, Stewart; Dean, Adam
      This resource outlines some issues and common challenges that require careful thought when planning an evaluation of a program targeting Indigenous people. This is not, however, a how-to guide to evaluation. Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) has an extensive range of resources that outline evaluation principles and methods. In any case, the specifics of an evaluation will depend on the program and the context. Rather, this resource highlights the need for commissioning organisations and funding bodies to adequately plan for evaluation, to consider potential barriers and solutions before the evaluation starts, and to ensure the meaningful participation of Indigenous people. Developing an Indigenous-focused evaluation culture will not guarantee an evaluation's success, however the absence of such a culture is likely to make the evaluation task more difficult and less likely to meet local community needs.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - Practitioners on evidence
    • Abstract: Morley, Sam
      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - What can early interventions really achieve, and how will we
    • Abstract: Lynch, John
      The call for "evidence-based" policymaking has become common. This has been attributed to the confluence of a better-educated public, a rapid rise in research capacity, and vastly expanded information technology. Overall, there is a drive for more accountability in public spending that moves with the political times and the ability to demonstrate better outcomes with less waste.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - Research to recommendations
    • Abstract: Coate, Jennifer
      The idea of translating "research to results" is at the heart of one of the key mechanisms of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission). In an endeavour to meet our terms of reference, the Royal Commission has engaged in a major research program, which has assisted us to arrive at recommendations that are likely to span policy, legislative reform, structural reform and administrative reform.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - Director's report
    • Abstract: Hollonds, Anne
      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - Two-generation programs Can 1 + 1 be more than 2?
    • Abstract: Duncan, Greg
      Two-generation programs provide services to both parents and children. Their goal is to help disadvantaged families by coordinating services offered to parents and children in synergistic combinations.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 99 - "Working out what works for families": Evidence and the
           Australian child and family service system
    • Abstract: Hand, Kelly
      My one word is "Data". The collection and application of data will have a massive effect on service delivery in social services and indeed in most other areas in government ...

      PubDate: Thu, 18 May 2017 22:05:33 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Institute seminars
    • PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Family law update
    • Abstract: Moore, Sharnee; Carson, Rachel
      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Multi-type maltreatment and polyvictimisation: A comparison of
           two research frameworks
    • Abstract: Price-Robertson, Rhys; Higgins, Daryl; Vassallo, Suzanne
      Child maltreatment and child protection have commanded much public attention in recent years. From persistent media scrutiny of child protection systems to public outrage such as that in 2008 surrounding the photographs of artist Bill Henson,1 the protection of Australia's children is a topic that ignites popular interest like few others. It is easy to forget, then, that academic interest in child abuse and neglect only gathered momentum relatively recently, catalysed by Kempe and colleagues' seminal 1962 article on 'battered child syndrome' in the Journal of the American Medical Association (described in Feerick and Snow, 2006; James, 2000). Although concern about child maltreatment dates back centuries, it is only in the last few decades that it has been widely acknowledged, systematically studied and recognised as a public policy issue (Feerick and Snow, 2006; Miller-Perrin and Perrin, 2007).

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - An extended family for life for children affected by parental
           substance dependence
    • Abstract: Tsantefski, Menka; Parkes, Anne; Tidyman, Anne; Campion, Maureen
      Parental substance use features among 50-80% of families involved with child welfare services in Australia (Battams and Roche, 2011), and has, unsurprisingly, been referred to as the most critical issue facing the Australian child protection system (Ainsworth, 2004; McGlade, Ware, and Crawford, 2012). Children for whom parental drug use is problematic are not only more likely to be brought to the attention of child protection services but also to be repeatedly reported. This group of children tends to be placed in out-of home-care earlier and to remain longer; reunification is often delayed while parents undergo assessment and treatment (Jeffreys, Hirte, Rogers, and Wilson, 2009). The resulting 'bottle-neck' effect, coupled with difficulty in the recruitment and retention of foster carers (McHugh, 2005), has led to an unsustainable out-of-home care system and an urgent need to reduce the number of children entering state care.

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Workplace support, breastfeeding and health
    • Abstract: Smith, Julie P; McIntyre, Ellen; Craig, Lyn; Javanparast, Sara; Strazdins, Lyndall; Mortensen, Kate
      This paper aims to identify best-practice strategies for breastfeeding support in the Australian workplace. It uses data from Australian employers and their female employees who had initiated breastfeeding and returned to work. Our aims were to (a) identify key barriers to and enablers of combining breastfeeding with employment, including employment arrangements and workplace factors linked with exclusively breastfeeding for six months; and (b) explore the implications for maternal/child health and absenteeism of infant feeding practices among employed women.

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - From training to practice transformation: Implementing a public
           health parenting program
    • Abstract: Gaven, Sally; Schorer, Janet
      Parenting is an intensely private journey, both joyful and fraught, and often traversed in the wee dark hours in lonely conditions, or perhaps more dauntingly in the full glare of a shopping centre crowd. But parenting is also critical to many aspects of public health. Longitudinal research such as the Christchurch Health and Development Study, which has followed 1,265 New Zealanders from birth to adulthood, shows that childhood conduct disorder may be the most important determinant of problematic lifelong development - being strongly associated with imprisonment, drug dependence, mental illness, early parenthood, inter-partner violence and suicide (Fergusson, Boden, and Horwood, 2009).

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Early education and care experiences and cognitive skills
           development: A comparative perspective between Australian and American
    • Abstract: Coley, Rebekah Levine; Lombardi, Caitlin McPherran; Sims, Jacqueline; Votruba-Drzal, Elizabeth
      Australia and the US, while sharing many cultural and economic similarities, show notable differences in policies and practices regarding children's early education and care (EEC). Although both countries rely on the private market for EEC, Australia has stronger supports for high-quality EEC and provides parents of all income levels greater financial support for EEC. Little research has compared the EEC experiences of young children in the two contexts and resultant links with children's readiness for formal schooling. This research uses nationally representative longitudinal birth cohort studies from Australia and the US to address two primary questions. First, what are the types and extent of EEC experiences during infancy, toddler and preschool years in the two contexts? Second, do EEC experiences promote the cognitive skills essential for children's success at school?

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Early childhood poverty and adult achievement, employment and
    • Abstract: Duncan, Greg J; Kalil, Ariel; Ziol-Guest, Kathleen M
      Using a poverty line of about US$23,000 for a family of four, the United States Census Bureau counted more than 16 million US children living in poor families in 2011. Poor children begin school academically and behaviourally well behind their more affluent peers and, if anything, lose ground during their school years. On average, poor US kindergarten children have lower levels of reading and mathematics skills and are rated by their teachers as less well-behaved than their more affluent counterparts. As we show in this essay, children from poor families also go on to complete less schooling, work and earn less, and are less healthy. Understanding the origins and persistence of these differences in fortunes is a vital step toward ensuring the prosperity of future generations.

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Poverty and welfare: Marginalisation and destitution in the
           aftermath of the United States recession
    • Abstract: Lein, Laura
      The United States recession continues to illuminate the experience of poverty in this country and the weaknesses in programs designed to protect families from the effects of poverty. The poverty rate has risen over the last four years, and is just beginning to stabilise (Smith, 2010). However, even the most optimistic analyses project very slow economic recovery from high unemployment (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2012), with relatively high unemployment rates continuing through the next few years. This economic progression has affected the degree and nature of poverty in the United States. Under these conditions, difficulties with our human services systems and the joint effects of the recession economy and fractures in our social welfare services are increasingly visible.

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Greater gender equality: What role for family policy?
    • Abstract: Adema, Willem
      There remain persistent gender differences in economic outcomes throughout the world. In 2010 the OECD Gender Initiative was launched to examine existing barriers to gender equality in education, employment, and entrepreneurship (the 'three Es') across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. In fact, the OECD Gender Initiative was developed as an integral part of a wider policy imperative for new sources of economic growth, and it argues the economic case for achieving gender equality through a more efficient use of everyone's skills in terms of education and economic participation (OECD, 2012a; 2012b).

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Director's report
    • Abstract: Hayes, Alan
      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:02 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Institute seminars
    • PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Families working together: Getting the balance right
    • Abstract: Baxter, Jennifer
      The National Families Week theme for 2013 draws attention to the sometimes difficult task of achieving balance in our lives. Achieving balance can be helped by working together in our immediate and extended families, as well as with friends, neighbours and the wider community.

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Parental involvement in preventing and responding to
    • Abstract: Robinson, Elly
      Internet use has become virtually universal among Australian adolescents. In the 12 months prior to April 2012, 96% of 9-11 year olds and 98% of 12-14 year olds used the Internet at home or school, and use increases with age (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2012). Alongside this is a growing recognition that Australia's long-term social and economic prosperity will increasingly rely on professionals with high-quality skills in the use of technology, as outlined in the National Digital Economy Strategy (Department of Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy, 2011). As such, technological competence will be crucial for the children and adolescents of today, who are destined to become the next generation of professionals.

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Bullying in schools and its relation to parenting and family
    • Abstract: Rigby, Ken
      Bullying has been defined broadly as the 'systematic abuse of power' (Rigby, 2002). Its prevalence in schools has been confirmed in many countries (Due et al., 2009; Molcho et al., 2009). In Australia, it has been estimated that one child in four is bullied in some way every several weeks (Cross et al., 2009). The harm it can do has also been widely investigated (Rigby, 2003). Not only has it been reported that children who are bullied at school have significantly poorer mental health than others, but they are also significantly more likely than others to experience mental illness as adults.

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Good practices with culturally diverse families in family
           dispute resolution
    • Abstract: Armstrong, Susan
      The development of the field of family dispute resolution (FDR) in Australia since 2008 has invited reflection about the practice of family mediation. Are FDR services accessible to all Australians, particularly those who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged? Is FDR practice sufficiently responsive to difference? How might FDR practitioners be supported to ensure their practice is culturally competent?

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Children's direct participation and the views of Australian
    • Abstract: Fernando, Michelle
      Children's proceedings are unlike any other civil litigation in this land. I mean, where else do you have the principal party, about whom the action is and the orders will affect, who doesn't have an audience? (Family Court judge in interview, 2009).

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Post-separation parenting and financial arrangements over time
           Recent qualitative findings
    • Abstract: Fehlberg, Belinda; Millward, Christine
      Increasing fathers' involvement in their children's lives post-separation, encouraging parental agreement without lawyers and courts, and protecting children from family violence and abuse were key aims of major Australian family law and process changes from 2006 to 2008. The changes included significant amendment to the parenting provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (FLA), the introduction of pre-filing family dispute resolution (FDR) for parenting disputes in most cases (along with the establishment of 65 federally funded Family Relationship Centres to help provide this), and a new Child Support formula from July 2008 (reflecting the shared parenting ethos of the FLA changes).

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - The effects of co-parenting relationships with ex-spouses on
           couples in step-families
    • Abstract: Cartwright, Claire; Gibson, Kerry
      According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS; 2007) approximately one in ten couple families contain resident step-children. In Wave 3 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, 13% of households had either residential or non-residential step-children, or both (Qu and Weston, 2005). In the United States, approximately 9% of married couple households, and 12% of cohabiting households contain resident step-children (Teachman and Tedrow, 2008). Step-family data are not collected in the New Zealand Census. However, 19% of the 1,265 child participants in the longitudinal Christchurch Health and Development Study had lived in a step-family between the ages of 6 and 16 years (Nicholson, Fergusson, and Horwood, 1999).

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Violence, abuse and the limits of shared parental
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Patrick
      Anyone who has followed Australian family law over the last few years will be acutely aware of the level of conflict there is over the text of the Family Law Act 1975, especially in relation to parenting after separation. Family law is a field full of advocates. Views are often passionately held, and debate can too often resemble a form of trench warfare in which the goal is to capture territory rather than finding the common ground between different views and concerns. This adversarial approach to the issues also affects research. In this field, there is too much policy-based "evidence", and too little evidence-based policy. The outcomes of this approach to public policy have been unsatisfactory. The Family Law Act 1975 reflects various compromises between advocacy groups, and lacks coherence as a result.

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Director's report
    • Abstract: Hayes, Alan
      Over the life course, Australian families undergo many transitions and are influenced by many social and economic factors. The variety of influences on the wellbeing of Australian families is reflected in the breadth of the Institute's evolving program. The Institute provides a valuable service by delivering sound, objective evidence for policy-makers, researchers, community practitioners and the Australian community.

      PubDate: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:35:10 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Institute seminars
    • PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Family law update
    • Abstract: Carson, Rachel; Moore, Sharnee; Kaspiew, Rae
      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Do individual differences in temperament matter for Indigenous
           children': The structure and function of temperament in Footprints in
    • Abstract: Little, Keriann; Sanson, Ann; Zubrick, Stephen R
      It is well known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter Indigenous) people suffer disproportionately from a range of physical and mental health issues (Thomson et al., 2012). Understanding the origin of these problems is fundamental to the development of effective policy, prevention and interventions that would "close the gap" in health and wellbeing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Given the connection between adjustment in early childhood and later wellbeing (Power and Hertzman, 1997; Rutter, 1991), it is critical to identify factors that promote socio-emotional adjustment for Indigenous children. Research to date that has examined influences on adjustment in Indigenous children has most often focused on the effect of environmental factors, particularly those relating to social disadvantage or disparities in physical health (Priest, Mackean, Waters, Davis, and Riggs, 2009). Significantly less is known about the contribution of more normative psychological processes to socio-emotional wellbeing.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Post-separation parenting and Indigenous families
    • Abstract: Walter, Maggie; Hewitt, Belinda
      The patterns and practices of post-separation parenting are central to ensuring children's ongoing wellbeing (Amato, 2000; Smyth, 2004). Yet, there is very little existing Australian literature on post-separation parenting practices among Indigenous families. On parenting arrangements, the only directly relevant literature is a presentation by Qu and Weston (2012) that compared the preand post-separation parenting circumstances of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers and fathers. This study found that separated Indigenous parents were younger, poorer, had younger children at the time of separation and were far more likely to be in a cohabiting rather than a married relationship at the time of separation.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Footprints in time: The longitudinal study of Indigenous
           children: A guide for the uninitiated
    • Abstract: Dodson, Mick; Hunter, Boyd; McKay, Matthew
      Indigenous disadvantage has many of its roots tied to experiences found within the context of early childhood. Policy recognises this as the overarching Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage framework and includes positive child development as one component of the three priority areas (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision [SCRGSP], 2011). Of the other two priority areas, there is considerable focus on the importance of positive social environments in the local community and family. Given this emphasis, the historical lack of adequate research on the factors associated with positive development of Indigenous children, vis- -vis other Australian children, constrain the ability of policy to achieve its stated goals. The very concept of child development means that it is a process that evolves, so the absence of longitudinal data on Indigenous children is one of the main reasons for poor evidentiary basis for policy.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Footprints in time: The longitudinal study of Indigenous
           Children: An overview
    • Abstract: Kneebone, Laura Bennetts; Christelow, Jodie; Neuendorf, Annette; Skelton, Fiona
      Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) is an Australian Government-funded survey managed by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). It is guided by a steering committee of experts in the fields of early childhood, education and health, which has been chaired by Professor Mick Dodson AM since 2003. LSIC was established to help us understand how what happens to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in early childhood affects their later life. The study looks at the different developmental pathways Indigenous children take to see what contributes to improved social, emotional, educational and developmental outcomes.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Housing and children's wellbeing and development: Evidence from
           a national longitudinal study
    • Abstract: Taylor, Matthew; Edwards, Ben
      Very little is understood about the influence of housing on children's development in Australia. For example, a recent review of the literature on this issue (Dockery et al., 2010) suggested that: "there is noticeably a lack of empirical research conducted in Australia on the links between housing and child development" (p. 2). In this paper, we begin to fill the gap in the Australian evidence on the influences of housing on children's development, using national data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Specifically, we examine the association between housing tenure, residential mobility, and housing stress on children's cognitive development and social-emotional functioning.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Joint attention and parent-child book reading: Keys to help
           close gaps in early language development, school readiness and academic
    • Abstract: Farrant, Brad M
      Good language development is an integral component of school readiness and academic achievement (Brinkman, Sayers, Goldfeld, and Kline, 2009; Hoff, 2012; Janus and Offord, 2007). It is also a key facilitator of the social skills that optimise an individual's capability to participate at the social, economic and civic levels (Zubrick et al., 2009). Language development therefore has a central role to play in efforts to enhance the wellbeing and capability of individuals and populations. There is also an increasing recognition of the importance of research into early childhood development - the years before school in particular - to provide access to a better understanding of human development and as a means to address policy and practice concerns around issues such as the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage (e.g., Halfon, Russ, Oberklaid, Bertrand, and Eisenstadt, 2009; Huston, 2008). This paper describes, integrates and elaborates on the results of studies at the nexus of these important issues, using data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC).

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Evaluating the effectiveness of the Home Interaction Program
           for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)
    • Abstract: Barnett, Tony; Roost, Fatoumata Diallo; McEachran, Juliet
      There is now a substantial body of evidence that highlights the importance of the early/ preschool years in predicting a child's developmental trajectory and later-life outcomes. In the early years the architecture of the child's brain is being formed and is extremely sensitive to inputs from the caretaking environment. Developmental gaps open up early, are predictive of future life outcomes and are more difficult and costly to close later in life (Hart and Risley, 1995; Heckman and Lochner, 2000; Heckman, 2008). Some challenging later-life outcomes that have their roots in early childhood include poor literacy, aggressive and antisocial behaviour, mental health problems, family violence, welfare dependency, crime, obesity and substance abuse (Oberklaid, 2007). The cost to society in terms of lost productivity and attempts to ameliorate these problems is greater than the cost of early childhood intervention. Investment in early years programs that target developmentally vulnerable children and their parents or caretaker(s) is realistically estimated to return a benefit to society of as much as $4 for every $1 spent (Duncan, Lugwig, and Magnuson, 2007; Heckman and Masterov, 2007). Thus, human capital investment in the early years has been described as a 'win - win' policy, with no social or economic trade-off. It is described as a macro-policy that simultaneously enhances both economic competitiveness and social cohesion (Esping-Andersen, 2009; Heckman and Masterov, 2007).

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Digital natives': New and old media and children's language
    • Abstract: Bittman, Michael; Rutherford, Leonie; Brown, Jude; Unsworth, Leonard
      Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) presents a rare research opportunity. Not only does the study allow us to see how children's language develops as they grow, but it also provides information specific to the generation of children known as "digital natives". The children in the study are "native speakers of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet"; in contrast to their parents, who are "digital immigrants", having largely grown up in a world without personal computers or the Internet (Prensky, 2001).

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Growing up in Australia: The longitudinal study of Australian
           children: The first decade of life
    • Abstract: Edwards, Ben
      With the release in August 2011 of the fourth wave of Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), Australia now has national longitudinal data on children's development for the first decade of children's lives. Longitudinal surveys offer opportunities to understand changes in children's development over time and how their earlier experiences shape that development, not only in the middle school years but late adolescence and into adulthood. These types of data can inform policy-makers about how and when to develop preventative strategies or interventions to achieve the best outcomes for children.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Overview
    • Abstract: Edwards, Ben
      The articles of this edition of Family Matters are mainly based on presentations from the Growing Up in Australia and Footprints in Time Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) Conference that took place from 15-16 November 2011 in Melbourne. As such, there are two sections of this edition, the first focuses on papers using data from LSAC and the second on papers focusing on the use of data in LSIC. Both highlight the power of longitudinal data and the potential for the rich information collected to enhance our understanding of children's development and inform better policy-making for children.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Director's report
    • Abstract: Hayes, Alan
      Accurately tracing the pathways that people take through life requires looking at the same individuals across time - a longitudinal research approach. Such research provides the method of choice for understanding both what stays the same, as well as what changes, over the course of life. Longitudinal studies also serve to highlight the similarities and differences between people and how these relate to background characteristics, social circumstances, and life opportunities and experiences. Australia now has a set of national longitudinal studies that are a very valuable resource for researchers, policy-makers, those who provide services and supports, and the community at large. Importantly, these now include the first major longitudinal study of the development, health and wellbeing of Indigenous children - Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC). Developed and conducted by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), LSIC is a ground-breaking initiative.

      PubDate: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:03:40 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Institute seminars
    • PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:33:47 GMT
  • Issue 90 - The child family community Australia
    • Abstract: Robinson, Elly; Knight, Ken
      The Australian Institute of Family Studies has a long history of providing research in an easy-to-use format to inform the development of policy and practice. A rigorous, evidence-informed approach to policy and practice is important not only to help achieve intended outcomes, but also to reduce the possibility of unintended outcomes (Peterson, 2006) or costly mistakes (Banks, 2009).

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:33:47 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Family law update
    • Abstract: Moore, Sharnee; Carson, Rachel
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:33:47 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Facts sheet
    • Abstract: Baxter, Jennifer; Higgins, Daryl; Hayes, Alan
      This Facts Sheet has been prepared for the 2012 National Families Week, with this year's theme being "Families make all the difference: Helping kids to grow and learn". It provides a range of information on ways in which families nurture and support children's physical, learning and social emotional development.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:33:47 GMT
  • Issue 90 - AIFS research directions 2012-15
    • Abstract:
      The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), as the Australian Government's key family research agency, has the overarching aim to advance understanding of the factors affecting family wellbeing in Australia.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:33:47 GMT
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