Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
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Wave 8 home visits complete

Now that Wave 8 is out of the field, Wave 9 is well underway!
Phase one of fieldwork for the B cohort began in June 2019, with phase one for the K cohort scheduled to commence in 2020.

New linked datasets available

We are pleased to announce that NAPLAN and MySchool linked datasets have been refreshed for Wave 7, and are now available via the Australian Data Archive (ADA).

Linking NAPLAN and MySchool datasets to LSAC creates rich contextual information that enables greater detailed analysis of children’s educational environments within a large Australian sample.
 
For more information on LSAC linked datasets, see chapter 5 of the Data user guide on our website.

BMJ Open Special Issue: Child Health CheckPoint


In July 2019, BMJ Open celebrated LSAC’s Child Health CheckPoint by dedicating a Special Issue to the Study. The Special Issue includes 14 papers on the methodology, epidemiology and parent-child concordance of the following domains:
 
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Respiratory health
  • Vision
  • Bone health
  • Kidney health
  • Hearing and language
  • Body composition
  • Metabolic profiles
  • Telomere length
  • Sleep
  • Physical activity
  • Snack choices
  • Health-related quality of life

An additional two papers provide a cohort summary and information on methodology. All 16 papers are available for public download from the journal’s website.
 
For more information on the Child Health CheckPoint, including data documentation, see the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and LSAC websites.

Events

LSAC data user workshop

  • Are you a data user considering using LSAC data but don’t know where to start?
  • Or are you already using LSAC data but want to increase your knowledge and learn more?

If you think this might be you, best open your diary because the next LSAC data user workshop is scheduled to take place in Melbourne on Tuesday 15 October 2019.
 
This hands-on workshop always books out early as it’s the ideal opportunity to navigate the rich LSAC dataset with the help of our AIFS LSAC data experts.

To register your interest and be the first to receive updates about the workshop, please email us.

In the media

Research based on LSAC data often features in the media. Here are some articles that have appeared in the media recently:

‘Australian children with mental health problems not getting help, new report’


7 News (12 June 2019)
This clip reports on research into the use of mental health services by children with mental health disorders. Using LSAC data and Medicare-linked data, researchers found that less than one in four children with mental health problems received care from mental health services within 18 months of diagnosis, with girls and children from non-English speaking backgrounds less likely to receive care.

‘The Millennial screen teens with stars in their eyes’

The Sydney Morning Herald (30 March 2019)
This article discusses global differences in young peoples’ career aspirations. While 13–16 year olds in the UK aspire towards glamorous and ultramodern occupations such as ‘social influencer’ and ‘online presenter’, LSAC research from the 2016 Annual Statistical Report has found that Australian teenagers are still quite conventional with their career ambitions. This is in keeping with trends in other nations, such as China, India and Africa.

‘Teen girls influenced by fathers’ heavy drinking’

The Sydney Morning Herald (17 February 2019)
This article reports on research into gender differences in the relationship between adolescents’ drinking habits and their parents’ heavy episodic drinking. Using LSAC data, researchers found that while mothers’ heavy drinking habits have an equal influence on both their sons and daughters, teenage girls are much more likely to be affected by their fathers’ heavy drinking than boys.

Publications

‘Body dissatisfaction and weight control behaviour in children with ADHD: A population-based study’ Bisset, M., Rinehart, N., & Sciberras, E.
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
This study used data from waves 1–5 of LSAC to examine when eating disorder (ED) risk emerges in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers compared body dissatisfaction and weight control behaviour in children with and without ADHD across three age groups (8–9, 10–11, and 12–13). The study found that ADHD moderately increases body dissatisfaction risk in children aged 8–9 and 12–13 years.
‘Socio-economic disadvantage in infancy on academic and self-regulation outcomes’
O’Connor, M., Chong, S., Hutchinson, D., Sanson, A., McIntosh, J., Olsson, C., & Goldfeld, S.
Pediatrics
This paper used data from LSAC and the Australian Temperament Project (ATP) to investigate whether socio-economic disadvantage in infancy (0–1 years) affects academic and self-regulation problems in late childhood (10–12 years). The researchers found that while socio-economic disadvantage in infancy did not have an effect on self-regulation problems in late childhood, it was linked to academic problems at this age.
‘Academic, behavioural 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.
Archives of disease in childhood
This study used data from LSAC’s Child Health CheckPoint to examine the associations between slight to mild hearing loss and academic, behavioural and quality of life outcomes for 11–12-year-old children. The researchers found that slight to mild hearing loss had small but important effects on some of these outcomes.
You can find more publications and research using Growing Up in Australia, and other Australian longitudinal data, on the FloSse research database.

Resources for Data Users

Online resources

Want to know more about LSAC? Visit our website for information on:

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.

AIFS Stakeholder Feedback Survey

We need your help!

The Growing Up in Australia Study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS), and conducted in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

AIFS is committed to producing and sharing research on the issues that affect Australian families and what works to increase positive outcomes for children, families and communities. As valued users of LSAC data, AIFS would love your feedback to help improve how they do this.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your contribution is highly appreciated.

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