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12 December 2018

Family Wellbeing Study

This report presents the findings of the Family Wellbeing Study which examined how families were faring at two of the major stages of a military career: during service, and in the first years after the transition to civilian life. The families of serving and ex-serving ADF members were similar on many of the aspects examined including rates of mental health problems among all adults and children aged 2-17 years, risk taking behaviours, couple relationships seemed to be healthy and strong in most families, and those who were parents seemed to be rearing children effectively. Relatively few families experienced financial hardships although the rate was slightly higher than in Australian general community studies. The report also details the differences between study families of current and ex-serving ADF members and challenges faced by some sub-groups of study participants.