In the media
Here is a small snapshot of research using Growing Up in Australia data that has been in the media within the past year.
Children with asthma at risk of anxiety
UQ News: University of Queensland News, 5 April 2023
“…the findings revealed 4-year-olds with asthma were more likely to develop anxiety between the ages of 6 and 15 years, compared to non-asthmatic children”.
Diana Garcia Sanchez
Home Media Releases ‘Invisible People’ — Policy Makers Urged to Consider the Needs of 20-Somethings Who Moved Back Home During the Pandemic
The Good Men Project, 11 March 2023
‘We must monitor the long-term implications of lockdowns on these young adults, including the impact on future employment and family dynamics, so that they can be appropriately supported as they move into the next phase of their adult lives.’ (Dr Lisa Mundy- Project Lead Longitudinal Study of Australian Children)
Tracy Evans-Whipp and Jennifer Prattely
Australians spend millions playing the pokies on their phone but they’ll never win a cent
The Age, 26 February 2023
“There was reliable evidence that engaging in simulated gambling – but especially making some in-game purchases – was associated with experiencing gambling-related problems and being at risk of gambling-related harm ... things like impact on relationships, work and study,” [Rebecca Jenkinson- Australian Gambling Research Centre (AIFS)]
Fears for 'invisible' young people forced home by COVID-19 pandemic and stuck there due to cost of living
ABC News, 2 February 2023
“[The report] found one-in-five young people felt it was difficult or "not beneficial" living with their parents, while one-in-10 said they did not feel supported by their parents and family during those critical first three months of lockdowns”.
Why moving home during COVID caused many women to struggle
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 February 2023
Women in their early 20s who returned home felt more isolated than men the same age who did so, the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found, and they also reported feeling more stressed than young men.
Child researchers find growing link between pandemic screen time and school refusal rates
ABC News, 30 January 2023
We found that for children who have two or more hours of TV a day, two years later they were roughly a third of a year behind their peers in their learning.
Dr Mundy (Project Lead- Longitudinal Study of Australian Children)
Kids on the autism spectrum experience more bullying. Schools can do something about it
The Conversation, 9 June 2022
The study found children on the autism spectrum are more likely to be bullied at high schools than primary schools (an opposite trend from non-autistic children). It’s possible that in high schools the differences due to autism are more pronounced and noticeable.
Third of Aussie teens considered self-harm
7 News, 29 September 2021
A survey of Australian adolescents has found 30 per cent have considered self-harm.
“Some 42 per cent of girls reported thinking about self-harm at 14-15 or 16-17, compared to 18 per cent of boys”.
How do you talk about consent with your kids?
The Age, 4 April 2021
… almost half of girls and one-third of boys aged 16-17 years said that they had experienced some form of unwanted sexual behaviour towards them in the past 12 months.
‘Serious alarm bells’: One in three Australian teens suffering discrimination
The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March 2021
Unfair treatment due to body size or appearance was the most common (about one-fifth of teens), followed by race and sex-based discrimination (both just under 10 per cent of teens).
‘Women need to stick together’: How friendships help teens deal with stress
The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 2021
The study showed when young people reported friendships based on trust and communication - where they could talk about their problems with their friends - it greatly boosted their confidence
For many women, the pain of the pandemic led to stronger friendships
The Age, 20 February 2021
Growing Up in Australia, a longitudinal study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of the country, has found that teenagers who have at least one close friendship are much better able to bounce back from stress.
'No risk is acceptable when you are behind the wheel'
9 News, 10 December 2019
“Speeding and seatbelt offences were prevalent among the teens surveyed, with speeding up to 10 km/h over the limit and driving while tired being the two most common risks young drivers took.”
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