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Forming relationships in Australia: qualitative insights into a process important to human wellbeing

Carmichael, Gordon; Whittaker, Andrea


Drawing on in-depth interviews conducted during 2002-03 for the Australian Family Formation Decisions (AFFD) Project, this paper probes the relationship formation experiences of 115 women, men and couples of family-forming age living in eastern Australia. Contemporary relationship formation is characterized by a mixture of ambivalence and resignation to having limited control over the process on the one hand ('if it happens it happens'), and urgency on the other, especially among women seeking...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Population Research


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