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Wave 6 data release

We are pleased to announce the release of the LSAC Wave 6 data. Wave 6 was conducted in 2014, when the K cohort children were aged 14 – 15 years old and the B cohort children 10 – 11 years old.

Many new measures were included in this wave for the K cohort children:

  • Executive functioning
  • Vocational education and future work aspirations
  • Puberty
  • Alcohol use
  • Self harm
  • Sources of emotional support
  • Eating disorders and dietary restraint 

Wave 6 data users will also be able to apply separately for Australian Early Development Census data for the B cohort, which measures health and development in a child’s first year of full-time school.
 
For information on how to apply for access to the data visit the National Centre for Longitudinal Data.

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2014


The LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2014 was released in August 2015. The report uses the information gathered from our study participants to investigate a number of aspects of child development and wellbeing.
 
The report features the following chapters:
  • Children's views about separation
  • Work-family attitudes among couples and the gender division of time in paid work, child care and housework
  • Early home environment and children's cognitive outcomes
  • Transition to high school
  • The educational expectations of Australian children and their parents
  • Early onset of crime and delinquency among Australian children
The Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange produced two short articles based on chapters in the report. These articles provide a quick and accessible look into the findings:

Wave 7 home visits


The first phase of Wave 7 home visits started in June and was completed in September. Thank you to all our study participants and interviewers.
 
Preparations for second phase are now well underway, with home visits due to start in early 2016. We look forward to catching up with all our study families.

National Longitudinal Data Conference 2016

 

Wellbeing over the life course

National Convention Centre, Canberra, 25-27 October 2016


The National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) is hosting the National Longitudinal Data Conference 2016. Call for papers  are expected to be announced in January 2016. The NCLD encourages papers using LSAC data and other local and international longitudinal data sources. For further information, visit the conference website or contact ncld@dss.gov.au.

AIFS 2016 Conference


Melbourne Cenvention Centre, 6-8 July 2016


Call for abstracts closes 15 February 2016


The AIFS 2016 Conference will attract key thinkers, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across sectors to forge new solutions to improving outcomes for families. Several papers at the conference will draw on research from LSAC.

To join the conversation, submit an abstract today.

In the media

Research based on LSAC continues to feature in the media. Some of the articles that have appeared recently include:
 
Working mums need more mental health support
The Age (8 November 2015)
This article reports on research, using LSAC data, conducted at La Trobe University. The research looks into the health and wellbeing of working mothers, with a focus on mental health.
 
Kids who go to bed early are healthier and have happier mums
Babyology (26 October 2015)
This article reports on research conducted by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute into the sleeping patterns of children. The research found that children who go to bed before 8:30pm are more likely to be healthier and have happier mums.
 
No advantage in being multilingual, Australian study finds
Sydney Morning Herald (3 October 2015)
This article reports on research that finds that being multilingual has no academic advantage for children at school.
 
Thousands of kids get extensive health checks in landmark study
ABC Online (2 October 2015)
This article reports on the LSAC Child Health CheckPoint, providing an overview of the extensive health checks that are conducted for study children. The report visited the Brisbane site before CheckPoint moved to other cities across Australia.
 
NAPLAN testing regime failing students with speech, language disorders
The Age (25 September 2015)
This article reports on research completed by academics from Charles Sturt University and Speech Pathology Australia. The research investigates the NAPLAN results of students with speech and language difficulties.
 
Men ‘best primary income earners’
The Australian (25 August 2015)
This article reports on a chapter from the LSAC Annual Statistical Report regarding views on work roles within families.
 
Mothers expect daughters, not sons, will get university degrees
The Age (18 August 2015)
This article reports on research from the LSAC Annual Statistical Report into the educational expectations of parents and children.
 

Kids showing signs if delinquency as young as five, new study shows

News.com.au (3 August 2015)
This article reports on research, from the LSAC Annual Statistical Report, into juvenile delinquency. The article looks into some of the risk factors and behaviours associated with juvenile delinquency.

 

Mateship a struggle for young high school students

Central Queensland News (28 July 2015)
This article reports on research looking into the transition from primary school to high school. The research published in the LSAC Annual Statistical Report looks into some of the difficulties children face during this transition.
 

Publications

Recent journal articles using LSAC data


Greener neighbourhoods, slimmer children? Evidence from 4423 participants aged 6 to 13 years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
This paper looks at the relation between green space, such as parks, and obesity in children.
 
School Sector Differences in Student Achievement in Australian Primary and Secondary Schools: A Longitudinal Analysis
This paper investigates school sector differences in student performance, in primary school and early high school.
 
Healthcare costs of underweight, overweight and obesity: Australian population-based study.
This paper examines health care cost and how these vary depending on a child's body mass index (BMI).
 
Playgroup Participation and Social Support Outcomes for Mothers of Young Children: A Longitudinal Cohort Study
This paper looks at how friendship networks and social support vary according to patters of playgroup participation.
 
A developmental cascade model of behavioral sleep problems, emotional and attentional self-regulation across early childhood
This paper investigates the links between sleep problems and a child’s self-regulation and how they affect each other over time.
 
The role of early language difficulties in the trajectories of conduct problems across childhood
This paper contrasts the development of children with and without language difficulties in relation to conduct problems.
 
Social inequalities in child care quality and their effects on children’s development at school entry: findings from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
This paper examines whether high quality childcare can help narrow developmental gaps between higher and lower income families.

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:

  • HILDA – The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia
  • LSIC – Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children
  • BNLA – Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants
  • Journey’s Home – A Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability

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

With the release of the Wave 6 data set, new versions of documentation designed to assist data users will be uploaded onto our website. The updated documents will include 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 at:
datamanager@aifs.gov.au

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