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Table 1 Research aims, relationship of aims to questionnaire topics/sections and benefit derived from this line of inquiry

From: Understanding resilience in same-sex parented families: the work, love, play study

Research aim Topics/section in survey Benefit
Describe the characteristics and diversity of same-sex parented families in Australia and New Zealand Demographics
Family formation
Methods by which children were conceived
To increase knowledge of the way in which same-sex couples negotiate family structures that are more complex than in traditional families and the potential social, legal and health implications of this for same-sex parents.
Examine factors associated with relationship breakdown and resilience in same-sex parented families Family formation (complexity of family structures)
Engagement with local community and extended family
Division of labour within the household
Use of services
Quality of parents' relationship
Parents' health and wellbeing
Legal status of parents' relationship
The longitudinal design of the study will enable us to follow changes over time in factors that support family resilience and make comparisons between those couples/families who separate and those who don't. This will help to identify areas where same-sex parented families can be better supported.
Examine changes in relationship stability over time and parenting arrangements among those who separate Family formation (complexity of family structures)
Quality of parents' relationship
Engagement with local community and extended family
Parents' health and wellbeing
Increase knowledge of whether same-sex parents receive formal and informal support post separation and the potential impact of separation on health and wellbeing of parents and children.
Explore the impact of discrimination and homophobic community attitudes on same-sex parented families Use of services
Engagement with local community and extended family
Experiences of discrimination
Parents' health and wellbeing
Increase knowledge about the relationship between experiences of discrimination and the health and wellbeing of same-sex parents; and whether discrimination isolates same-sex parents and their children from the mainstream community (including services).