Growing Up in Australia – the facts as we know them
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) follows the development of 10,000 young people and their families across Australia and is the result of a partnership between the Department of Social Services, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. A range of research questions are explored covering a diverse topics including parenting, family, peers, education, child care and health. A representative sample of Australian children from all states and territories, both urban and rural provided the cohort for the first study in 2003. This included 5,000 children aged 0-1 years in 2003-2004 and 5,000 aged 4-5 years. Information was collected from the young person, parents, carers and teachers.
Data collected in 2017 and published in December 2018 is the seventh in the series and includes chapters on parent-child relationships, early childhood education and school readiness, and time use. For example the data shows that ‘adolescents spent more time alone, and less time with parents, than they did as children. Across all age groups, girls spent more time with their mothers, and boys spent more time with their fathers.’ We now know that 14–15 year olds most commonly sought help from family and friends. However, around one in 10 said that they had sought help from a mental health professional’.
Data like this provides valuable insights for those who work with children and families, both in terms of understanding the backdrop of the lives of our clients and as information to share with them.
More information about the study can be accessed through this link LSAC website
Upcoming workshop – Emotional Dysregulation
“A neuro-political approach to therapy with emotionally & behaviourally dysregulated children, adolescents & families”
A one-day workshop, combining clinical expertise, knowledge and training within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic. An opportunity to explore research drawing on live clinical practice.
21st June 2019 – 9.30am to 5pm.
Cost $190 for full day training with Senior Practitioners in the field and Bower Place Directors Catherine Sanders and Malcolm Robinson