The Hestia Project examines contemporary issues in Australian families. Recent projects include what factor, or combination of factors, of resilience, social support, and self-esteem contribute to life satisfaction in Australian parents (specifically, teenage parents, mothers of advanced maternal age, single mothers, single fathers, step-parents, parents who identify as LGBTQI+, parents of large families, parents of a child with disability, and parents who live in rural, remote, and regional areas), and what are the life experiences of these parents; what are the experiences of people who have one child; what are the experiences of biological parents in a step-family relationship; fathers at birth; the impact of birth on “good mothering”; stigma and parents of children diagnosed as ADHD; and, motherless mothers.

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