Children's health and development

Children's health and development

New research directions for Australia

Research Report No. 8 — July 2004

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Edited by Ann Sanson

The papers in this publication have been developed from presentations made at a workshop held at the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2001. The purpose of that meeting was to explore the possibility of establishing a national multidisciplinary research partnership focused on the needs of Australian children.

The first paper, 'New ways of causal pathways thinking for public health' by Fiona Stanley, Ann Sanson and Tony McMichael, argues that interdisciplinary research is now crucial in order to understand the causal pathways to good and poor developmental outcomes.

The second paper is 'The relevance of child and adolescent development for outcomes in education, health and life success' by Graham Vimpani, George Patton and Alan Hayes. It makes the case for the importance of experiences and environments in the early years for outcomes across the lifespan, and for the effectiveness of early intervention.

The third paper, 'Longitudinal studies of children and youth: implications for future studies' by Jan Nicholson, Ann Sanson, Lynn Rempel, Diana Smart and George Patton, helps to frame the role of the proposed new study by summarising existing longitudinal research on children in Australia and overseas. It identifies the strengths and limitations of various longitudinal designs, the contributions made by existing studies, and opportunities for new ones.   

Authors and Acknowledgements

The editor gratefully acknowledges the helpful comments and suggestions on drafts of this report by Professor Margot Prior, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Professor Michael Sawyer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, and Mr David Stanton, Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The editor and authors, of course, take full responsibility for any shortcomings.

Publication details

Research Report
No. 8
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, July 2004.
70 pp.
0 642 39495 4
Suggested citation:

Sanson, A. (Ed.) (2004). Children's health and development: New research directions for Australia (Research Report No. 8). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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