Growing Up in Australia: LSAC annual report released

16 October 2012

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) released its 2010–11 annual report, Growing Up in Australia, on 15 October 2012.

The release precedes the screening of Episode 1 of Life at 7 on Tuesday (16 October), the fourth instalment of the ABC 1 Life series which draws on LSAC’s research findings. Episode 2 will be screened on the 23 October at 8:30pm on ABC 1.

The report includes findings from Wave 4 about children’s health, schooling, sleep, parental monitoring and neighbourhoods.

Based on data from over 4,000 parents, Growing Up in Australia revealed that:

  • 53 per cent of children aged 10 to 11 years in the study from low-socioeconomic families believed they were doing well at school compared with 64 per cent of children from high-socioeconomic families.
  • Only 39 per cent of girls reported enjoying maths at school compared with 59 per cent of boys, but more girls (61 per cent) enjoyed reading and writing than boys (45 per cent). 
  • The study found that children were more worried about their parents losing their jobs (49 per cent) than the way they looked (21 per cent) or not fitting in with their friends (29 per cent).

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children: 2010-11 Annual Report

More information

All episodes of the Life series will be available on the ABC website.

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