Child and adolescent development

Our research expertise

The way children develop and grow is influenced by a range of factors such as family environment, education, religion, social networks, parenting style, physical health and their neighbourhood/community. Learning more about how certain factors influence the way children develop is important for informing policy and ultimately improving outcomes for Australian children.

AIFS' expertise in child development primarily stems from the longitudinal study Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Key topics of research in the study have focused on:

  • education
  • health
  • time use and activities
  • childhood transitions and pathways
  • work and family
  • social and emotional development
  • family relationships, interactions and wellbeing.

Current projects

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
LSAC is a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia.

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA)
The CFCA is an information exchange for professionals working with children, families and communities.

Ten to Men: the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health
Ten to Men is a national study of the health and lifestyles of Australian boys and men at different stages of life.


Jennifer Renda
Manager, Survey research

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