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LSAC Annual Statistical Report (ASR) 2018 is now available

In case you missed it, Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) released the ASR 2018 in December 2019!

Using seven waves of LSAC data, the ASR 2018 provides valuable insights into family functioning and child development. These insights aim to assist data users, researchers, policy makers and providers of services and support, as well as the wider community.

The report features chapters on the following topics:

Download the full report for free here.

Events

The next LSAC Data Users Workshop due to take place in Melbourne in June 2020 has been postponed due to the Australian Government’s advice surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The workshop was planned as a pre-conference workshop and offered by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) in association with the AIFS 2020 Conference.

For further information, please read this message from the AIFS 2020 Conference team.

Keep an eye on the Growing Up in Australia website and future LSAC Data Users newsletters for details about a future date for the workshop.

The LSAC Data Users workshops are designed to assist researchers, policymakers, students, or anyone else who wants to learn about LSAC data. The workshops provide an excellent opportunity to help attendees gain confidence in understanding and navigating the LSAC dataset.

In the media

Research using LSAC data is often referred to in the media, see below for some recent articles and interviews mentioning the study:

Caesarean birth has little impact on children developing allergies
Article: Scienmag (4 March 2020)
This article reports on research led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) using LSAC data to explore whether children born by caesarean would go on to develop allergies such as asthma or eczema.
 
Friendships, pets, money, weight loss … what makes you feel happier?
Article: Sydney Morning Herald (17 February 2020)
This article draws on a number of different studies to explore what factors could contribute to happiness. Recent findings on adolescents’ resilience reported in the LSAC 2018 ASR were used when discussing how spending time with other people can improve wellbeing.
 
Family problems worrying 10 to 13 year olds the most, study finds
Radio: ABC Radio (17 December 2019)
This radio interview discusses findings from the LSAC ASR 2018 chapter on children and adolescents’ worries. After family problems, it was found that terrorism, drug and alcohol use and school troubles were the biggest concern for children 10-13 years of age.

 

Publications

Academic, behavioral and quality of life outcomes of slight to mild hearing loss in late childhood: A population-based study
Wang, J., Quach, J., Sung, V., Carew, P., Edwards, B., Grobler, A., Gold, L., & Wake M. (2019)
Archives of Disease in Childhood
This study used LSAC data to investigate the associations of hearing thresholds and slight to mild hearing loss with academic, behavioural and quality of life outcomes in children aged 11-12 years. It found that 9.2% of children had slight/mild bilateral and unilateral hearing loss, while 13.1% had unilateral hearing loss. Compared with normally hearing children, children with slight/mild losses scored lower in some academic and quality of life outcomes.
 
Inequalities in the distribution of childhood adversity from birth to 11 years        
O'Connor, M., Slopen, N., Becares, L., Burgner, D., Williams, D. R., & Priest, N. (2019)
Academic Pediatrics
This study used LSAC data to investigate the prevalence of childhood adversity for Australian children, as well as inequalities in adversity by socio-economic position (SEP), Indigenous status, and ethnicity. It found that 52.8% of children had been exposed to two or more adversities by 10-11 years of age. Children from Indigenous, ethnic minority, and lower SEP backgrounds had increased odds of exposure to multiple adversity.
 
Longitudinal profiles of shared book reading in early childhood and children’s academic achievement in Year 3 at school
Hayes, N., & Berthelsen, D. C. (2020)
School Effectiveness and School Improvement
Using LSAC data, this research explored the longitudinal profiles of parents’ involvement in shared reading with children aged 2 to 6 years. Out of three longitudinal parental profiles identified, children with parents who were in a ‘low-increasing’ shared reading involvement group had a lower likelihood of reaching the Australian minimum standards for reading, writing, and numeracy. Children who had parents in a ‘medium-stable’ involvement group were less likely to reach the minimum Australian standards for reading.
 
Patterns of long-term ADHD medication use in Australian children
Efron, D., Mulraney, M., Sciberras, E., Hiscock, H., Hearps, S., & Coghill, D. (2020)
Archives of Disease in Childhood
This study used LSAC data to describe the patterns of ADHD medication use in Australian children, and to investigate any characteristics associated with patterns of its use. It found that 3.6% of children had filled a prescription for an ADHD medication, with boys more likely than girls to receive medication. 
 
Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2018)
Australian Human Rights Commission
LSAC was referenced in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2018). The Commission said it values the work of LSAC and its contribution to understanding issues facing children in Australia.

Online resources for data users

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If you can’t find what you need online, or have any questions about the LSAC dataset, please contact us at aifs-lsac@aifs.gov.au.

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