Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia. The study commenced in 2004 with two cohorts - families with 4-5 year old children and families with 0-1 year old infants. Growing Up in Australia is investigating the contribution of children's social, economic and cultural environments to their adjustment and wellbeing. A major aim is to identify policy opportunities for improving support for children and their families and for early intervention and prevention strategies.
- Transition to secondary school
This chapter from the LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2014 looks into the transition from primary school to secondary school, a time of significant change for many children. The full report is due of release on 18th August 2015. Media release: 28 July 2015
- April 2015 Newsletter
News: Introducing Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint; Wave 6 home visits complete; Wave 7 design phase; LSAC Conference In the Media; Publications; Resources for data users: LSAC data user workshops; Online resources
- Imputing income in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
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Technical paper no.14 by Killian Mullan, Galina Daraganova and Kalyca Baker aims to impute missing income data for Parent 1 and Parent 2 using the approach developed for another longitudinal study - the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey (HILDA).
Note: The variables described in this technical paper will be available with the release of the Wave 6 LSAC dataset expected in late 2015.
- The Times of Their Lives:
Collecting time use data from children in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 1.5 MB] | [DOC 18 MB]
Technical paper no.13 by Joanne Corey, Jenny Gallagher, Elisabeth Davis and Michelle Marquardt reviews the time use diaries used in the study so far, including what information was collected and whether it was collected directly from the children or from their parents.
- Where opportunities lie: Safe, healthy and happy environments for children's play
This CFCA short article on one of the 2013 LSAC Annual Statistical Report chapters examines children's time use and how it is associated with various different factors, such as parental overprotectiveness, and concerns about the neighbourhood.
- Family Matters 95: Coming of age: Australia's flagship longitudinal studies
This issue of Family Matters, the research journal of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, focuses on longitudinal studies and includes articles on LSAC as well as other Australian longitudinal studies..
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is conducted in partnership between the Department of Social Services, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.