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Wave 8 content proposals

The planning for Wave 8 of LSAC is now underway. Wave 8 interviews will start in 2018 and by this time our K Cohort Study Children will be aged 18 – 19 years old. Consultation has started with the LSAC Consortium Advisory Group to identify key areas of content for this age group.
To help with the development of Wave 8, and ensure that we capture the most relevant information for researchers, we are seeking input on possible content inclusions for this Wave.  
We have recently launched a web form to enable you to submit content proposals for consideration for Wave 8. If you have an idea or topic that you would like LSAC to cover then please visit our website to access the form and for more information.
The web form will be open until 29 April 2016.

Wave 7 home visits

The second phase of Wave 7 home visits will take place throughout 2016, starting in March. We look forward to catching up with all of our study families.
For our K Cohort, Wave 7 will cover many new topics including financial support and literacy, parental rules around alcohol, resilience, career decision-making and romantic relationships.

National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) - Longitudinal Data Conference 2016

National Convention Centre, Canberra 25 – 27 October 2016
The call for abstracts is now open for the first NCLD Longitudinal Data Conference. The conference will focus on survey and administrative longitudinal data, including LSAC, and researchers are encouraged to submit an abstract around the conference themes of:
  • Powerful data – Methods for collection, design, linkage and analysis
  • Strong evidence – Policy relevant research and analysis
  • Informed policy – Australia’s challenges and translation of evidence to policy
The closing data for the submission of abstracts is 31 May 2016, for more information visit the conference website.

Australian Institute of Family Studies 2016 Conference

Melbourne Convention Centre, 6 – 8 July 2016
Registrations are now open for the AIFS 2016 Conference. The Conference will cover the theme of Research to results: Using evidence to improve outcomes for families. For more information, including keynote speakers and details on how to register, please visit the Conference website.

In the media

Research based on LSAC continues to feature in the media. Some of the articles that have appeared recently are:
Early childhood sleep problems predict later school adjustment
News Medical (10 March 2016)
This article reports on research done at the Queensland University of Technology into the links between sleep problems and later problems at school. The research finds that escalating sleep problems from birth to 5 years are linked with emotional and behavioral issues at school.
At what age should kids start school
Daily Telegraph (13 February 2016)
This article discusses school starting ages, and cites research from LSAC, which says that delaying school starting age doesn’t have huge benefits for children. The research does show that reading to children, providing homework support and school engagement do provide important benefits.
Why mothers in abusive relationships struggle to parent
Sydney Morning Herald (10 January 2016)
This article reports on research conducted by La Trobe University and the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The research finds that one of the parenting struggles for mothers in abusive relationships is partners trying to control their relationship with their children.


Domestic violence in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
This research summary prepared by the Department of Social Services examines findings on domestic violence from LSAC. The findings show that mothers with partners who had medical conditions, or were unemployed, were more at risk of experiencing domestic violence. In addition their children had higher rates of social and emotional problems.

Recent journal articles

Sibling Health, Schooling and Longer-Term Developmental Outcomes
This paper looks at the extent to which starting school earlier, by up to one year, can help improve developmental outcomes for children with an ill or disabled sibling.
Patterns and Predictors of Language and Literacy Abilities 4-10 Years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
This paper examines the patterns and predictors of development of language and literacy skills for children aged 4 to 10 years.
Childhood Health and Developmental Outcomes After Cesarean Birth in an Australian Cohort
This paper investigates the links between cesarean delivery and the physical and socio-emotional outcomes of children aged 0 to 7 years.
Discrepancies between standardised testing and teacher judgments in an Australian primary school context
This paper investigates the differences between teacher’s judgments of their students’ mathematics ability and results from NAPLAN.
Sport participation, screen time, and personality trait development during childhood
This paper explores the contribution that sports participation and screen time make to personality trait stability and change during childhood.

FloSse Research Database

You can find more publications and research using LSAC, and other Australian longitudinal data, from the Flosse research database. The database contains bibliographic details on approximately 1500 articles. Researchers are reminded to submit their work using LSAC data to the database. The database also includes research from:

Resources for Data Users

LSAC data user workshops

The LSAC Data User Workshops are designed to assist users of the data, those considering becoming users, or those who are interested in learning more about LSAC data. The workshop enables attendees to gain confidence in understanding and navigating the dataset.

If you would like to attend a future LSAC data user workshop, please contact the AIFS LSAC team and your name will be placed on a waiting list to be contacted at a later date.

Online resources

The LSAC Wave 6 data set was released in December 2015. For information on how to apply for access to the data visit the National Centre for Longitudinal Data. Following the release of the data we have also uploaded new versions of documentation designed to assist data users onto our website. This includes our:
Data User Guide: The Data User Guide is designed as a reference tool for users of the LSAC data set. It aims to cover all the things you need to know to use the data.
Rationale documents: The Rationale documents are available to assist data users with information on the scales and items included in LSAC.
Data Dictionary: The Data Dictionary provides data users with information on all of the variables in the LSAC data set.
Our website also has technical papers, discussion papers and issues papers which have all been created to assist our data users. You can also find information on methodology and copies of the questionnaires used.
If you have any questions about the LSAC data set, please contact us.
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