Fly-in fly-out families cope with the challenges

2014-02-19 22:20:21 | Al Muslim News
Fly-in fly-out families cope with the challenges

 

Australian families with a fly-in, fly-out income earner have mostly adjusted to the unique set of challenges of the lifestyle, according to an analysis by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The review of the research was led by the Institute's Ms Elly Robinson , manager of the Child Family Community Australia information exchange. It looked at the problems faced by the workers—most of whom are men—and their families centred in the resource states of Queensland and Western Australia. The review found families with fly-in fly-out (FIFO) arrangements were likely to be just as healthy and well functioning as daily commute mining workers. Ms Robinson said the ability for families to cope with the lifestyle depended on a number of factors unique to each family's situation, including workplace cultures, rosters and recruitment practices, as well as the community, home environments and individual circumstances. "Most families have tended to cope with the lifestyle but it does not suit everyone. Children may experience negative emotions as the result of the FIFO parent's absence. They may have increased behaviour problems – particularly boys, greater experiences of bullying at school, and increased pressure to succeed academically," she said. "Parenting is a challenge for FIFO families, particularly for partners at home who have to manage the continual transitioning from solo parenting to co-parenting and back again, while providing for the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of children, without the support of a partner always at home.".

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