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eNewsletter No 30 - Autumn 2011

News fromGrowing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, keeping you up-to-date with "what's new".

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Wave 5 development

Content development for the Wave 5 interview is now complete. The first phase of Wave 5 home visits will commence in early July 2011 and the second phase will commence in March 2012.

K cohort

In Wave 5, the K cohort children will be aged 12-13 years. They will again be asked to complete a time use diary on the day before the home visit, and will then work with the interviewer to record details of their activities. During the home visit, the K cohort children will answer questions asked by the interviewer (child self-report), and they will also do an audio computer assisted self-interview, which they did for the first time in Wave 4. The interview will feature some new questions on the following topics:

  • Transition to secondary school
  • School engagement
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Technology use
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Romantic relationships
  • Health related quality of life
  • Relationship with a parent who lives elsewhere, if they have one.

B cohort

The B cohort children will be aged 8-9 years in Wave 5 and much of the content for this wave of the study will remain unchanged from Wave 4. Children will continue to complete the Matrix Reasoning and Picture Peabody Vocabulary Tests and they will also be asked to complete the child self-report with some questions covering the areas of general self-concept, bullying and parent-child relationships.

In order to capture important data on children's physical activity, the B cohort children will be asked to wear an accelerometer for 7 days. Accelerometers are similar to pedometers but measure all activity (not just the number of steps taken), and also record the intensity of movements.

Parents

In addition to some questions that will carry forward from previous waves, in Wave 5 there will be some new questions for parents on topics including:

  • Child-parent conflict
  • Parent health conditions (past health problems)
  • School contact concerning the study child
  • Questions about their own health and quality of life during childhood and adolescence
  • K cohort children's employment and income

The child's main parent will continue to answer questions in a face-to-face interview, and will have the option to complete part of the interview during the interviewer's initial phone call. The main parent will also complete a computer assisted self-interview (CASI), while the interviewer works with the study child.

The child's other resident parent will be asked to complete a paper questionnaire, as will the child's teacher. Some of the K cohort children will be in secondary school and the questionnaire will be completed by their English teacher. Parents who do not live with the study child will be invited to complete a 30 minute telephone interview which will include new questions similar to those asked of the child's main parent. These will include questions about parental health conditions, school contact and intergenerational characteristics.

Growing Up in Australia and Footprints in Time:
The LSAC and LSIC Research Conference: Findings from The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)

Growing Up in Australia Closing the Gap. Footprints in Time: 
  The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children

The third LSAC Research Conference will be held on 15 and 16 November 2011 at Rydges on Swanston in Melbourne. As well as presentations using data from LSAC, this year's conference will also feature presentations using data from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children.

Please put these dates in your diary and watch the conference website for further details on the call for papers, registration details and the conference program. 

LSAC Annual Statistical Report

The first Annual Statistical Report for Growing Up in Australia, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, which will be released soon, will provide an overview of some of the data from Waves 1 to 3 of the study. The report describes aspects of Australian children's lives and development, and topics include children's families, education, neighbourhood, socio-emotional development, cognitive development and learning, and early health experiences.

Wave 4.5 (between waves survey)

The mid-wave self-complete paper questionnaire will be replaced by an Internet form in Wave 4.5, and study families will have the option of completing questions by telephone if required.

Wave 4.5 will not collect data about the child for inclusion in the dataset but will focus on updating and increasing contact details for the family and secondary contacts (i.e., the people we contact if we are unable to contact the study family). There will be a small set of additional questions asking parents how they feel about being part of the study, their reaction to the study newsletters, the website and their thoughts about the Wave 4.5 incentives.

Wave 4.5 will commence in April 2011 (Phase 1) and September 2011 (Phase 2).

FLoSse Research website

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The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) have developed a web-based catalogue of publications called FaHCSIA's Longitudinal Surveys Electronic Research (FLoSse) archive. The website provides details of publications associated with FaHCSIA's three longitudinal studies: Growing Up in Australia, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children; the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey (HILDA) and Footprints in Time, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC).

The FLoSse website will provide a valuable tool for researchers or anyone interested in accessing publications about and using data from LSAC or FaHCSIA's other two longitudinal studies, the Housing, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA) and Footprints in Time, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC).

The website can also be accessed via The Growing Up in Australia website.

Latest publications

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Families in regional, rural and remote Australia

Despite the vastness of Australia and the profound impact that this has on the lives of the people living in rural and remote areas, relatively little is known about families living in these areas of Australia compared to those living in major cities. This Facts Sheet describes how the characteristics of families differ between the 'city' and the 'country' or 'bush'.

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Fathering in Australia among couple families with young children

This report explores the many ways in which fathers in couple families with young children contribute to family life, through the study of their time investment with children, their supportiveness as partners, their financial contribution, their parenting behaviours and styles, and their perceptions of their own adequacy as fathers.

For information on recent publications, please visit the publications page of the Growing Up in Australia website.

2009-2010 Annual Report still available

Copies of the Growing Up in Australia 2009/10 Annual Report are still available. If you would like copies, please contact the LSAC team. The Annual Report is also available on the Growing Up in Australia website.

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