Media releases

Safe on our roads? Teens and risky driving

Media release — December 2019

A national study of young Australian drivers aged 16-17 has found that 8 in 10 P-platers and more than half of learner drivers had engaged in some form of risky driving during their ten most recent driving trips.

Woman driving her car with both hands on steering wheel

Australian teens not getting enough sleep

Media release — December 2019

A study of the sleep patterns of Australian children and adolescents has found that around a quarter of 12-15 year-olds and half of 16-17 year-olds are not getting enough sleep on school nights to meet national sleep guidelines.

Image of a young teenager sleeping

One good friend can make teens more resilient

Media release — November 2019

A national study of 16-17 year-olds has found that having even one good friend can make all the difference when it comes to adolescents’ resilience.

Serious teenage girls discuss an upcoming exam as they wait for school to start

Young carers fall behind in school

Media release — August 2017

Young carers suffer a substantial negative impact on their academic achievement arising from their time spent caring for others.

rear view of girl with wheelchair bound adult

Gambling-like games: Is this kids' stuff or a risk to young people?

Media release — April 2016

A sharp increase in the availability of games that simulate gambling poses a risk to young people by presenting gambling as attractive and relatively harmless, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Young delinquents - rare but some at greater risk

Media release — August 2015

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.

Landmark study marks 30-year milestone

Media release — May 2013

Understanding childhood temperament and its impact on behaviours in adulthood has been highlighted in a new report about the Australian Temperament Project (ATP).