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More than 1900 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in December.  Around three-quarters of survey respondents (76%) identified as female.

As was the case for last month’s survey, more females than males responded in every age group (figure 1).  More than ninety per cent (95%) of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, with the highest number of responses collected for women aged between 30-39 years (inclusive).

 

 

 

A higher proportion of men and a lower proportion of people from the youngest and oldest age groups responded to December’s survey than in previous months; however, the demographic profile of survey respondents remains consistent with our experience of the people that would be accessing the Relationships Australia website.

A substantial majority of survey respondents indicated that they celebrated Christmas (men – 92%; women - 95%).  Celebration of Christmas was not necessarily related to people’s religious status, with just over forty per cent of people who celebrated Christmas to a large extent, and a further sixty per cent of people who celebrated Christmas to a small extent indicating that they did not identify with a religion.

While the majority of survey respondents also indicated that they enjoyed Christmas, 12 per cent of women and 14 per cent of men reported that they did not enjoy Christmas (figure 2).

 

 

Consistent with the results of the November 2014 monthly online survey, a high proportion of survey respondents reported that their family relationships were negatively affected at Christmas.  Figure 3 shows that twelve per cent of men and women reported that their family relationships were affected to a large extent by increased conflict, while a further one-third of men and women reported that their family relationships were affected to a small extent by increased conflict between family members at Christmas (Men – 31%; women 35%).

 

 

More than eighty per cent (83%) of survey respondents reported that they celebrated Christmas with their immediate family, and a further fifty per cent celebrated Christmas with their extended family.  Forty per cent of survey respondents celebrated Christmas with friends and a further one-sixth (16%) reported celebrating Christmas with workmates (figure 4).

 

 

There was a small, but significant relationship between increased family conflict and whether survey respondents celebrated Christmas with immediate family.   Survey respondents who reported celebrating Christmas with immediate family were more likely to report that their family relationships were affected by increased conflict at Christmas.

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