Publications

AIFS produces a number of publications relating to our research throughout the year. These include research papers and reports, facts sheets, commissioned reports and submissions. We also publish our peer-reviewed journal Family Matters twice a year and prepared reports for Closing the Gap.

All publications are also listed in our library catalogue.

See also publications from  Growing Up in Australia .

Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: Up and running

Fiona Skelton, Sharon Barnes, Deborah Kikkawa and Maggie Walter
Family Matters No. 95, 2014

Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSiC) has now produced five waves of data, helping us explore how the early lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can affect later outcomes. This article provides an overview of the study, including design and data collection methods, sample recruitment and retention, topics and measures, use of the participants' own words, and selected findings.

Impacts of caring for a child with chronic health problems on parental work status and security: A longitudinal cohort study

Nick Spencer
Family Matters No. 95, 2014

Current research suggests that caring for a child with chronic health problems has a negative effect on parental work status. This article investigates whether child ill health also has an effect on job tenure and job security - for fathers as well as mothers. Data are taken from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) for couple families with a 6-year-old child with chronic health problems.

Introducing Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint: A physical and biomarkers module for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

Melissa Wake, Susan Clifford, Elissa York, Fiona Mensah, David Burgner and Sarah Davies
Family Matters No. 95, 2014

Many adult diseases develop from complex health and psychosocial pathways that have their origins in childhood. To help address the gaps in the evidence on the antecedents of adult disease, a comprehensive new physical and biomarkers module - the Child Health CheckPoint - is being added to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) in 2014-15.

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children: Entering adolescence and becoming a young adult

Ben Edwards
Family Matters No. 95, 2014

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) has now produced five waves of data, capturing information on young children growing up and now entering adolescence. This article explains the design and methodology of the study, and how it has enhanced our capacity to understand the lives of Australian children and their families.

30 years on: Some key insights from the Australian Temperament Project

Suzanne Vassallo, Ann Sanson and Craig Olsson
Family Matters No. 94, 2014

In 2013, the Australian Temperament Project (ATP) longitudinal study celebrated its 30th anniversary. This article provides a brief overview of the ATP, and highlights some key findings that have emerged over the past three decades. From amongst the many research areas explored in the ATP, topics covered here include temperament, learning problems, mental health, risk-taking, bullying, positive development, and relationships with parents in adulthood.

Early education and care experiences and cognitive skills development: A comparative perspective between Australian and American children

Rebekah Levine Coley, Caitlin McPherran Lombardi and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal
Family Matters No. 93, 2013

Australia and the US share many economic and cultural similarities, yet have policy differences in their support for children's early education and care (EEC) that may have differential implications for children's development. This study used nationally representative, longitudinal birth cohort studies from each country - the B cohorts of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC-B) and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-B) - to assess patterns of EEC among young children and influence of EEC on children's cognitive skills following school entry.

Early childhood poverty and adult achievement, employment and health

Greg Duncan, Ariel Kalil and Kathleen Ziol-Guest
Family Matters No. 93, 2013

In the United States, children from poor families begin school well behind their more affluent peers and, if anything, lose ground during their school years. New research in this article also shows that - furthermore - poor children go on to complete less schooling, work and earn less, and are less healthy in adulthood.

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