Important discoveries our study participants helped us to make

LSAC study participants have helped us to make some important discoveries that will inform public policy and improve the lives of all Australian kids and their families. Discoveries include:

  • Children who go to bed before 8:30 pm are likely to be healthier than children who go to bed later. They also have happier mums.1
  • If a child likes their primary school they are much more likely to make a successful transition to high school.2
  • Spending more time doing household chores, homework and reading, and less time watching TV or playing video games is associated with fewer behavioural problems in children, such as hyperactivity.3
  • One in three Australian children wished they had more quality time with their dad, with many fathers spending more than 44 hours per week at work.4
  • Young carers fall behind in school, when they provide daily care for someone they live with.5
  • Teenagers who have been both a victim and perpetrator of bullying are more likely to suffer mental health problems, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts.6
  • Gender gaps exist in career aspirations, with girls more likely to aspire to work in education, and legal or social professions, and boys more likely to aspire to work in engineering, transport, communications or construction.7

Some interesting findings from Wave 6

What 14-15 years olds told us about…

…who decides how late they can stay out at night:

  • For 2 in 5 young people, their parents decide how late they can stay out
  • Almost 1 in 4 young people decide together with their parents.

A pie chart showing who decides how late young people can stay out at night

…who decides what they do with their money:

  • Over 2 in 5 young people decide what they do with their money
  • 1 in 3 decide for themselves, but consult their parents.

A graph showing who decides what young people do with their money

…who decides which friends they can spend time with:

  • Almost half of young people decide by themselves which friends they hang out with
  • 1 in 5 decide which friends to spend time with but consult their parents, and another 1 in 5 decide together with their parents.

A pie chart showing who decides which friends young people can spend time with

…who they were attracted to:

  • Most 14–15 year olds said they were attracted only to the opposite sex.
  • 1% of young people  said they were attracted to members of their own sex and 3% said they were attracted to both males and females.

A pie chart showing the current sexual identity of young people

…how many boyfriends/girlfriends they’ve had:

  • About half of young people reported having had at least one boyfriend or girlfriend by age 14-15

A pie chart showing the number of boyfriends or girlfriends young people have had

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