Family-related life events

Insights from two Australian longitudinal studies
Research Report No. 22 – December 2012

Appendix E. Supplementary tables, LSAC analyses

Table E1: Characteristics of the LSAC sample, B and K cohorts, Waves 3 and 4
Characteristics B cohort Wave 3 (2008, LSAC children aged 4–5 years) (%) K cohort Wave 3 (2008, LSAC children aged 8–9 years) (%) Combined B & K at Wave 3 (%) B cohort Wave 4 (2010, LSAC children aged 6–7 years) (%) K cohort Wave 4 (2010, LSAC children aged 10–11 years) (%) Combined B & K at Wave 4 (%)
Family type
Couple, married 73.6 74.1 73.9 69.5 69.4 69.5
Couple, cohabiting 12.7 10.3 11.5 14.3 11.4 12.8
Single parent 13.6 15.5 14.6 16.3 19.2 17.7
Age of youngest child
0–4 years 85.9 25.1 55.8 44.9 17.1 31.2
5–7 years 14.1 28.4 21.2 55.1 20.0 37.5
8–11 years 0.0 46.5 23.1 0.0 63.3 31.3
Main source of income
Wages /salary 79.2 81.2 80.2 78.3 79.8 79.0
Government support 11.7 10.6 11.1 13.5 12.2 12.9
Other 9.2 8.2 8.7 8.2 8.0 8.1
Parental employment
Jobless 8.3 7.8 8.1 10.3 8.9 9.6
Part-time only 13.8 13.2 13.5 16.0 17.8 16.9
Full-time 77.9 79.0 78.5 73.7 73.3 73.5
Housing tenure
Own/buy 69.0 73.2 71.1 68.4 70.8 69.6
Renting /boarding 28.3 24.6 26.5 28.8 26.9 27.9
Other 2.7 2.2 2.4 2.8 2.2 2.5
Parental income
Lowest quintile 20.7 19.4 20.1 22.6 22.4 22.5
Middle 60% 53.7 54.0 53.8 54.6 51.8 53.2
Highest quintile 16.2 16.6 16.4 15.0 16.3 15.6
Missing income 9.3 10.0 9.7 7.8 9.5 8.6
Education level of primary carer
Incomplete secondary only 18.5 23.8 21.1 18.3 23.3 20.8
Secondary/certificate/diploma 55.5 55.5 55.5 57.0 56.3 56.7
Degree or higher 26.0 20.6 23.3 24.7 20.3 22.6
Age of primary carer
Younger 24.3 25.5 24.9 26.2 26.5 26.3
Mid-age 59.7 55.7 57.7 58.1 54.8 56.5
Older 16.0 18.8 17.4 15.7 18.7 17.2
Country of birth/English language
English-speaking, Australia-born 54.9 51.2 53.1 51.6 48.4 50.0
English-speaking, overseas-born 29.9 33.0 31.4 30.3 33.2 31.8
Main language other than English (Australia- or overseas-born) 15.2 15.8 15.5 18.1 18.4 18.3
Region
Major cities 63.9 60.2 62.0 64.0 60.8 62.4
Inner regional 19.6 21.9 20.8 19.2 21.6 20.3
Outer regional 14.3 15.2 14.8 14.7 15.2 15.0
Remote/very remote 2.1 2.7 2.4 2.2 2.5 2.3
Age of youngest child (years, continuous) (Mean) 2.9 6.1 4.5 4.5 7.8 6.1
Sample size (N) 4,069 3,997 8,066 4,202 4,111 8,313

Note: Includes only those who provided responses to the life events questions at Wave 4.

Table E2: Life Events overall prevalence, B and K cohorts LSAC, Waves 1 to 4, percentage
  B cohort K cohort
0–1 year 2–3 years 4–5 years 6–7 years 4–5 years 6–7 years 8–9 years 10–11 years
Health concerns or the death of someone close
Suffered a serious illness, injury or assault 5.6 7.6 6.3 11.4 8.0 8.3 6.7 12.9
Had a serious illness, injury or assault happen to a close relative 21.7 11.5 7.1 19.9 25.3 12.5 8.5 19.6
Had a parent, partner or child die 2.6 3.6 4.3 4.9 3.3 4.2 4.0 5.9
Had a close family friend or another relative die 25.1 20.5 18.2 26.1 27.0 20.0 20.0 24.7
Family and household composition
Was pregnant or had a baby . 31.4 15.3 10.3 . 9.7 6.2 4.6
Had someone new (other than a new baby or partner) move into the household . 6.5 5.6 7.2 . 5.4 5.8 6.7
Started living with a new partner/spouse . . . 2.0 . . . 1.9
Had a separation due to relationship or marital difficulties 4.1 1.7 1.7 6.0 3.4 1.4 2.1 5.1
Broke off a steady romantic relationship 4.4 2.8 3.6 4.3 5.5 3.7 4.7 3.6
Financial and social matters
Had a major financial crisis 15.9 9.2 8.1 10.8 19.3 9.1 8.0 12.6
Lost job, but not from choice 10.8 3.7 3.2 7.9 9.4 4.8 3.6 8.9
Had something of value lost or stolen 7.6 4.6 3.7 6.7 9.0 4.2 4.3 6.8
Had someone in the household with an alcohol or drug problem 4.3 2.6 1.7 3.2 5.3 2.5 2.8 3.7
Residential matters
Moved house . . . 18.8 . . . 15.1
Lived in a drought-affected area . . . 6.6 . . . 7.6
Had home or local area affected by bushfire, flooding or severe storm . . . 5.9 . . . 7.1
Sample size (N) 4,297 3,476 3,725 4,202 4,192 3,415 3,656 4,111