Technical papers

  • Executive functioning—Use of cogstate measures in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 401 KB]
    Technical paper no. 19, January 2017
    This paper by Maggie Yu and Galina Daraganova aims to provide guidance to researchers on the executive functioning data in LSAC. With LSAC providing the major evidence base for understanding children's executive functioning in Australia, it is critical that researchers have a good understanding of, and confidence in, the executive functioning measures.
  • A longitudinal measure of socioeconomic position in LSAC [PDF 578 KB]
    Technical paper no. 18, January 2017
    This paper by Kalyca Baker, Mark Sipthorp and Ben Edwards provides a rationale for the developing a new Socio-economic position (SEP) measure, comparison between SEP measures and recommendations on why and how a specific SEP measure should be used.
  • Using Australian Childhood Immunisation Register data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 825 KB]
    Technical paper no. 17, July 2016
    This paper by Jacqueline Homel and Ben Edwards provides data users with opportunities to use the demographic, social and health information available in LSAC to examine many different issues relating to immunisation and how to match LSAC data with Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
  • Using My School data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 465 KB]
    Technical paper no. 16, June 2016
    This paper by Kalyca Baker, Brigit Maguire, Galina Daraganova and Mark Sipthorp describes the linkage process and the structure of the My School data linked to the LSAC data; explains how the data were confidentialised; describes the distribution of schools in the LSAC sample and outlines some considerations about the data that researchers using the My School data linked to the LSAC data file should be aware of.
  • Wave 6 Weighting and Non-Response [PDF 500 KB]
    Technical paper no. 15, May 2015
    This paper by Amanda Norton and Kevin Monahan serves two purposes: describing the response properties and quality of the sample continuing into Wave 6; and describing the method and implementation of weight calculations to assist analysts make accurate population inferences from the LSAC sample. The method of producing weights is unchanged from Wave 5; however, the response propensity models used to adjust the weights have been re-fit.
  • Imputing income in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 1.3 MB]
    Technical paper no. 14, January 2015
    This paper by Killian Mullan, Galina Daraganova and Kalyca Baker aims to impute missing income data for Parent 1 and Parent 2 using the approach developed for another longitudinal study - the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey (HILDA).
  • The Times of Their Lives: Collecting time use data from children in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 1.5 MB]
    Technical paper no. 13, November 2014
    This paper by Joanne Corey, Jenny Gallagher, Elisabeth Davis and Michelle Marquardt reviews the time use diaries used in the study so far, including what information was collected and whether it was collected directly from the children or from their parents.
  • Parenting measures in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children: construct validity and measurement quality, Waves 1 to 4 [PDF 980 KB]
    Technical paper no. 12, April 2014
    This paper by Stephen Zubrick, Nina Lucas, Elizabeth Westrupp and Jan Nicholson investigates the properties of the mother- and father-reported parenting measures used across Waves 1 to 4 for the B (baby) and K (kindergarten) cohorts of Growing Up in Australia.
  • Longitudinal analysis of LSAC time diary data: considerations for data users [PDF 550 KB]
    Technical paper no. 11, March 2014
    This paper by Killian Mullan focuses on time use diaries and provides a guide on how to use the data from the diaries, and how to get the most out of their longitudinal nature.
  • Wave 5 weighting & non response [PDF 1 MB]
    Technical paper no. 10, March 2014
    This paper by Benedict Cusack and Ryan Defina of the Australian Bureau of Statistics details the methodology used to calculate the weights for the Wave 5 responding sample of Growing Up in Australia.
  • Wave 4 weights [PDF 1 MB]
    Technical paper no. 9, August 2011
    This paper by Galina Daraganova and Mark Sipthorp details the methodology used to calculate the weights for the Wave 4 responding sample of Growing Up in Australia.
  • Using National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) |  [PDF 1.4 MB]
    Technical paper no. 8, April 2013
    This paper by Galina Daraganova, Ben Edwards and Mark Sipthorp describes how consent was obtained from parents, matching and linkage processes, sampling and bias issues, how NAPLAN data are stored in the LSAC data file, representativeness of data, and the extent to which NAPLAN data are correlated with the main cognitive and learning measures used in LSAC.
  • Validating Income in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 1 MB]
    Technical paper no. 7, October 2011
    This paper by Killian Mullan and Gerry Redmond seeks to assess how the measure of income collected in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) compares with measures of income from two large-scale Australian surveys: the Survey of Income and Housing Costs (SIH) and the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey.
  • Wave 3 weighting and non-response [PDF 2.5 MB]
    Technical paper no. 6, August 2009
    This paper by Mark Sipthorp and Sebastian Misson details the methodology used to calculate the weights for the Wave 3 responding sample of Growing Up in Australia.
  • Wave 2 weighting and non-response [PDF 708 KB]
    Technical paper no. 5, October 2007
    This paper by Sebastian Misson and Mark Sipthorp details the methodology used to calculate the weights for the Wave 2 sample of Growing Up in Australia.
  • Children's time use in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children: Data quality and analytical issues in the 4-year cohort [PDF 840 KB]
    Technical paper no. 4, July 2007
    This paper by Jennifer Baxter analyses the Wave 1 children's time use diaries for the 4-5 year cohort of Growing Up in Australia. The paper demonstrates some of the ways these time use data can be used, while primarily exploring the missing data in the diaries.
  • Wave 1 weighting and non-response [PDF 1.4 MB]
    Technical paper no. 3, May 2006
    This paper by Carol Soloff, David Lawrence, Sebastian Misson and Robert Johnstone details the methodology used to calculate the weights for the Wave 1 sample of Growing Up in Australia. This paper should be read in conjunction with Technical Paper No. 1 "Sample Design" which outlines full details of the sample design.
  • Summarising children's wellbeing: the LSAC Outcome Index [PDF 1.4 MB]
    Technical paper no. 2, September 2005
    This paper by Ann Sanson, Sebastian Misson and other members of the Outcome Index Working Group, describes the development of the Outcome Index for Wave 1 of Growing Up in Australia, and illustrates some of the ways in which it can be used to shed light on how well children are faring and how this relates to the conditions of their lives.
  • Sample design [PDF 627 KB]
    Technical paper no. 1, May 2005
    This paper by Carol Soloff, David Lawrence and Robert Johnstone, outlines the full details of the sample design for this cross-sequential study comprising two 12-month age cohorts (infants and children aged 4-5 years olds). The paper covers the sampling frame, sampling design, target population, postcode selection, and the selection of children.

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