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.