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ERIC Number: ED210591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Marriage Counselling in Australia: A Review. Working Paper No. 2.
In Australia, the institutions of marriage and family are changing as reflected by the statistics on separation, divorce, and remarriage. Recent figures reveal an increase in divorce in the earlier years of marriage as well as a dramatic increase in the number of remarriages occuring across all age groups. Under the Family Law Act the government provides funding for marriage counseling organizations. Most of the centers operated by these organizations rely on trained lay counselor volunteers supervised by professionals. Approximately 74% of the Australian population has access to approved agencies. Less formal sources of counseling include friends, physicians, social workers, nurses, and lawyers. The average client is an Australian-born urban couple who have been married less than 10 years with no more than two children. Their presenting problems include lack of communication, sexual dissatisfaction, and disenchanted wife issues. Assessing the effects of various therapeutic intervention techniques is still problematic and enormous gaps of data exist on many aspects of marriage counseling in Australia. (RC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia