The research shows that the experiences of childhood can exert an enduring influence on an individual’s life.

Publications about Childhood

Commissioned report— Nov 2017

This report examines the association between family, neighbourhood and school level disadvantage and children’s cognitive and social outcomes.

Commissioned report— Nov 2017

This report examines the association between childhood poverty and a range of children’s developmental outcomes.

Media release— Oct 2017

Early on-set crime and delinquency is relatively rare in Australia but a range of factors may combine to put some children at risk more than others, according to the first national study of criminal involvement among 12 and 13 year olds.

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2016— Aug 2017

This is the seventh volume in the LSAC Annual Statistical Report series, which uses data from the last six waves of the study.

Commissioned report— Jan 2017

Best practice guidance on how support services can develop and maintain networks that are positive, sustainable, and work to meet client needs.

CFCA— Nov 2016

An overview of what we know, and what needs to be better understood, about children’s attachment needs in the context of out-of-home care

Australian children’s screen time and participation in extracurricular activities
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2015 chapter— Sep 2016

A majority of Australian children are spending more than the recommended two-hour daily limit for screen time.

Life satisfaction across life course transitions
Australian Family Trends— Sep 2015

Does life satisfaction improve or decline as people grow older? What happens to people's outlook as they pass through the common events of life?

Keeping up with information and communication technology
Australian Family Trends— Mar 2015

Older people feel left behind by technology, but so do one in ten younger Australians.

Commissioned report— Nov 2014

Examines the impact of four programs designed to divert Indigenous people from entering the justice system.

Family Matters— October 2014
This article provides a brief overview of the ATP, and highlights some key findings that have emerged over the past three decades
AIFS tile
Commissioned report— Jun 2014

Explores the prevalence of different types of family environments, and the influence of these environments on children's developmental outcomes.

Families, policy and the law
Collection— May 2014

This AIFS book explore some of the complexities of the child and family issues facing those working in social policy and legal systems

Review of early childhood parenting, education and health intervention programs for Indigenous children and families in Australia
Closing the Gap— Feb 2014

Reviews the research literature on the effectiveness of intervention programs for Indigenous children and their families in early childhood.