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Newsletter No 34 August 2012

Recent Events

LSAC Data User Workshop

The most recent data workshop was held in Melbourne on Tuesday, 24th July 2012 to coincide with the 12th AIFS Conference (held on the 25th - 27th July 2012). We will be holding more workshops in the future.

The data workshops are targeted to:

  • existing users of LSAC data;
  • those considering becoming users of the data;
  • those who are interested in learning more about the data.

The workshops are designed to assist people by improving their confidence in understanding and navigating the dataset.

The training covers a range of topics designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the dataset and the supporting documentation. Topics include:

  • study methodology
  • user resources
  • variable naming
  • data analysis issues

If you would like to attend a Data User Workshop in the future, please email the AIFS LSAC team, or phone 03 9214 7804.

For further information go to our Workshops webpage.

The 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: 25 – 27 July 2012

The AIFS Conference is the premier event for discussing cutting-edge research findings, policy priorities and topical issues important to family wellbeing in Australia.

The program focused on a variety of issues relating to families, such as:

  • family formation, developmental stages, and transition points across the life course
  • family functioning and diversity
  • social and economic participation of families
  • trajectories of families and points of service system intervention – particularly for vulnerable families
  • family law and family relationships
  • prevention and responses to violence, abuse, and neglect

This conference included many papers that utilise LSAC data. Abstracts are available on the conference website.

Forthcoming issues of the Institute's Flagship publication, Family Matters, will focus on papers delivered as the November 2011 LSAC/LSIC Conference and the 2012 AIFS conference.

Wave 5 Home Visits – Phase 2

We are in the midst of the main phase for the Wave 5 data collection, with over 3000 interviews now completed. Interviews commenced in late March and are expected to finish late this year. Also, the development phase for the sixth data collection wave is well underway, with proposals for new, age-appropriate content for the K cohort being considered.

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Life at 7 Documentary

LSAC is collaborating with Heiress Films to produce the fourth series of the Life At documentary, Life at 7. The Life Series is an observational documentary series that chronicles the lives of 11 Australian children as they grow from infancy to adolescence. Combining real life stories with data from LSAC as an evidence base, it offers a refreshing insight into contemporary family life. Every two years, the filmmakers and LSAC interviewers revisit these children and their families to gain an in-depth snapshot of their lives, examining what it takes to give a child the best chance in life.

Now, with the children having reached the critical age of seven, this two-part series explores their first tentative steps towards independence and self-identity, examining the effect of temperament and peers. For the first time, in Life at 7, we hear directly from the children as they speak about who they are and how they see themselves in their ever-expanding world.

Life at 7 is currently in post-production, and will air on ABC1 in late 2012.

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2011

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2011.

The LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2011 has just been released. This is the second edition in the series. The purpose of these reports is to provide an overview of the data from the study and thereby describe aspects of Australian children's lives and development. The reports also make use of the longitudinal nature of LSAC data to describe the dynamics of change as children develop, and how their families and lives change as they grow older.

The report is structured around five themes:

  • Families
  • Education
  • Housing, neighbourhood and community
  • Cognitive development and learning
  • Physical development and health

The report includes data from the first three waves and between-waves surveys of the study. Analyses for the two cohorts (B & K) are presented separately throughout the report.

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Release of the LSAC 2010-11 Annual Report

The Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children 2010-2011 Annual Report will be released in the coming months. The report provides an overview of sample characteristics, new content and new data collection methods used in Wave 4. It also includes analysis of the following content area for the K cohort:

  • Schooling
  • Health and dieting
  • Sleep
  • Worries and concerns
  • Parental monitoring
  • Neighbourhoods

Previous Growing Up in Australia Annual Reports are also available on the LSAC website

Latest Publications

Families make all the difference: Helping kids to grow and learn

Jennifer Baxter, Daryl Higgins and Alan Hayes, Published by Australian Institute of Family Studies, May 2012, 7 pp.

This Facts Sheet was prepared for the 2012 National Families Week, with this year's theme being "Families make all the difference: Helping kids to grow and learn". It provides a range of information on ways in which families nurture and support children's physical, learning and social emotional development.

The focus of this Facts Sheet, prepared by Dr Jennifer Baxter (Senior Research Fellow, AIFS) Dr Daryl Higgins (Deputy Director (Research), AIFS) and Professor Alan Hayes (Director, AIFS), is on families with children aged up to around 11 years old. We present analyses and data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to explore what children and their parents have to say about topics related to the growth and development of children in the family context.

logo, National Year of Reading

Reading: The home and family context

ABS Year Book Australia: This essay, authored by Australian Institute of Family Studies Research Fellows Dr Killian Mullan and Dr Galina Daraganova, examines reading in a home and family context and the factors that influence reading in the critical childhood years. It draws on data from Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

Father mental health during the early parenting period: results of an Australian population based longitudinal study.

This journal article, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, examines the mental health of fathers of young children in Australia. In the article, authors, Dr Rebecca Giallo, Dr Fabrizio D'Esposito, Daniel Christensen, Dr Fiona Mensah, Dr Amanada Cooklin, Dr Catherine Wade, Nina Lucas, Louise Canterford and Professor Jan Nicholson, report psychological distress levels and their duration through early parenthood, comparing data for the general male population and resident and non-resident fathers of children aged from infancy to 4/5 years old. Data are taken from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing and Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

For more information about latest publications you can access FaHCSIA's Longitudinal Surveys Electronic (FLoSse) Research archive to browse or search for bibliographic details of all research material using data from LSAC and FaHCSIA's other longitudinal surveys.

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FLoSse Research

Flosse Research

FLoSse (pronounced Flossie) Research contains bibliographic details for research material, which uses data from one or more of FaHCSIA's three longitudinal surveys, including the Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

FLoSse contains around 1,100 articles and is becoming a more valuable resource with every new article added. It was created with the primary intention of bringing relevant research to the attention of policy makers. However, for academic users it is also a useful tool for literature reviews.

When searching FLoSse please bear in mind that the site only contains the bibliographic details and not the actual publication. Also, not all articles deposited in FLoSse have a direct external link available. A link to the full document can be found next to the label “External URL”. If this label does not appear in the entry, there is no direct link and you will need to use the other bibliographic information to locate a copy of the article, for example the journal in which it appears

Any queries about the research material should be directed to the author(s). Copyright rules apply and permission to use the research for publication should be sought from the author(s) prior to use.

DATA USERS: This is a reminder of your obligation under your agreement for access to upload bibliographic details of all your published research using the dataset to FLoSse.

To upload your details go to “deposit research details” and follow the prompts. If you have not previously done so, you will need to register. This is for administrative purposes only as the system will automatically generate emails informing you once the details you have entered have been accepted onto the site. By registering, you can also choose to be automatically informed about new research available on the site.

If you have any queries regarding FLoSse please contact FaHCSIA

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Ordering LSAC Data – Release 4

If you wish to apply for the LSAC data, navigate to the Data Users page on the Growing Up In Australia: LSAC website

As with any legal document, all users should carefully read the Deed of Licence that they sign and make sure that they fully understand their responsibilities and obligations.

The data is provided as SAS datasets, STATA datasets and SPSS system files datasets on a CD. Full data documentation is included.

Geospatial Data Linkage

LSAC data users may apply to have geospatial datasets linked to the LSAC dataset. To apply for data linkage, please complete the form on the LSAC website and send it to the LSAC team at FaHCSIA.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email the LSAC team at FaHCSIA.

Joining the Mailing List

If you would like to be contacted when new information on the study becomes available, please join the Growing Up in Australia mailing list.

Contact Us

If you would like further information about the LSAC study, please explore the LSAC website.

For our contact details or to send a message see the Contact page.

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