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Upcoming publication – LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018

We are pleased to announce that the LSAC Annual Statistical Report (ASR) 2018 is due for release in December 2019!
 
The ASR 2018 discusses ways in which Australian young people’s experiences and environments affect their prospects and progress. It features chapters on:

Once the ASR is released, you will be able to download the full document for free from our website. In the meantime, why not check out some of the other LSAC research findings?

Events

AIFS 2020 Conference (9–12 June 2020)

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2020 Conference is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) next year.
 
The theme for the event is: What is a good life for families? And how do we get there?
 
AIFS is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing, and is one of three agencies responsible for conducting LSAC (in partnership with the Department of Social Services and the Australian Bureau of Statistics).
 
Registrations are now open!
Early bird registrations close on 3 April 2020. Register ASAP to ensure an early bird discount.
 
Sponsorship opportunities
There are still numerous sponsorship opportunities available.
By sponsoring the conference, you will be able to promote your organisation and connect with key thinkers and decision makers from government, research and the family services sectors.  
If you are interested in a sponsorship package view our sponsorship prospectus.

LSAC data user workshop – 9 June 2020

Want to learn more about LSAC data? These workshops are designed to assist users, potential users, or those interested in learning more about LSAC data. The workshops help attendees to gain confidence in understanding and navigating the dataset.
 
The next LSAC data user workshop is scheduled to take place in Melbourne on 9 June 2020. It is one of four pre-conference workshops offered by AIFS in association with the AIFS 2020 Conference. So why not register for both and make the most of what the conference has to offer?
 
For more information and to register, visit the AIFS 2020 Conference website.

In the media

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

These 3 factors predict a child’s chance of obesity in adolescence (and no, it’s not just their weight)

The Conversation (16 October 2019)

This article reports on research into whether simple factors can predict the likelihood of a child being overweight or obese in adolescence. Using LSAC data, researchers found that a child’s body mass index (BMI), their mother’s BMI, and their mother’s education level can predict whether the child is likely to be overweight or obese in adolescence.

Exercise, screen time, snacks and sleep: How Australian pre-teens compare

The Sydney Morning Herald (4 July 2019)

This article reports on some of the findings from LSAC’s Child Health CheckPoint, a first-of-its-kind study of Australian children’s physical health and biology. Among the findings were that children spend an average of 11 hours per day sedentary, and that children from lower socio-economic families average more screen time than those of a higher socio-economic status.

Work-family conflict on the rise for fathers

The Sydney Morning Herald (16 June 2019)

This article compares research using LSAC and the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey data on the effect of work–family conflict on Australian men. Researchers using HILDA data found that more than one in five fathers combined full-time work with long hours of child care. Meanwhile, separate research using LSAC data found that one in three fathers experience psychological distress and feel depressed or anxious due to work–family conflict.

How many Australians are not heterosexual? It depends on who, what and when you ask

The Conversation (11 June 2019)

This article compares data from several Australian surveys that collect information on sexual orientation, including LSAC. In contrasting data on multiple dimensions of sexual orientation (behaviour, attraction and identity) from each of these surveys, the authors demonstrate how estimates of the size of the Australian non-heterosexual community can vary greatly depending on how it is measured.

Publications

Depression, anxiety, and peer victimization: Bidirectional relationships and associated outcomes transitioning from childhood to adolescence
Forbes, M. K., Fitzpatrick, S., Magson, N. R., & Rapee, R. M.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence
The study used LSAC data to explore the relationship between depression, anxiety, and peer victimisation from childhood to early adolescence. The researchers found that depression and anxiety symptoms at 10–11 years predicted peer victimisation at 12–13 years.
 
Joint physical-activity/screen-time trajectories during early childhood: Socio-demographic predictors and consequences on health-related quality-of-life and socio-emotional outcomes
del Pozo-Cruz, B., Perales, F., Parker, P., Lonsdale, C., Noetel, M., Hesketh, K. D., & Taren, S.
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
The study used data from LSAC to explore changes in children’s screen time and physical activity during early childhood. The researchers were also interested in how these changes affected socio-emotional outcomes and health-related quality of life. The researchers found the best socio-emotional outcomes among children who increased their physical activity during early childhood while maintaining low levels of screen time. 

Early roots of sexual-orientation health disparities: Associations between sexual attraction, health and wellbeing in a national sample of Australian adolescents
Perales, F., & Campbell, A.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
This study was the first of its kind to explore the link between sexual orientation and health and wellbeing among Australian adolescents. Using LSAC data, the researchers compared heterosexual and non-heterosexual adolescents on 30 outcomes related to health and wellbeing, including depressive symptoms, victimisation, and suicidality. The researchers found that non-heterosexual adolescents fared significantly worse than their heterosexual peers on all 30 outcomes.

Online resources for data users

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.

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