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. logo. Retrieved from

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”.

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'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.”
Tom Livingstone

The Sydney Morning Herald

‘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).
Sarah Berry

The Sydney Morning Herald

‘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
Caitlin Fitzsimmons

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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. 
Caitlin Fitzsimmons

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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.
Sue Williams

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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.
Misha Ketchell

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