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Australian-first sleep study for children now recruiting

Researchers are calling for parents and kids to be involved in a national study into early childhood sleeping patterns at The University of Queensland. Chief investigator Professor Karen Thorpe from UQ’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) said the longitudinal study would follow more than 300 children over four years to determine th...

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Shift work is associated with increased risk of COVID‐19

Shift work is an additional factor to be considered in identifying groups at high risk of COVID-19.

This is the finding of a new study, involving Life Course Centre researchers, investigating the relationship between shift work and COVID-19 infection in the United Kingdom.

The study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, u...

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Funding to research children and families and inform policy in New Zealand

Life Course Centre researchers from The University Queensland have secured funding from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Social Development to undertake new research on children and families and inform future policy development. The funding, received through the latest round of the Ministry’s Children and Families Research Fund, will su...

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Prejudice in a pandemic: Anti-Asian sentiment a global concern

Has Covid-19 heightened anti-Asian bias? New research involving Life Course Centre researchers shows some worrying signs in both Australia and the United States.

This research, from Life Course Centre Senior Research Fellow Dr Rennie Lee from the University of Queensland, and Life Course Centre Associate Investigator Associate Professo...

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Shifting Inequalities? Parents’ Sleep, Anxiety and Calm during COVID-19

COVID-19 was heralded as an opportunity to restart gender expectations at home and new research shows Australian fathers stepped up into more participatory roles during the pandemic. But the question remains: will it last?

This study, led by Life Course Centre Associate Investigator Leah Ruppanner of the University of Melbourne with co...

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Children of same-sex parents outperform their peers at school

Children with same-sex parents outperform other children on multiple indicators of academic achievement, a new study by Life Course Centre researchers shows.

Dr Jan Kabátek from the University of Melbourne and Associate Professor Francisco Perales from the University of Queensland found children in same-sex-parented families scored hig...

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Life Course Centre Professional Team wins UQ 2020 Award for Excellence in Service

The Professional Team from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) has been honoured with a 2020 Award for Excellence by The University of Queensland.

The Life Course Centre is a national research centre investigating the factors underlying social, eco...

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Never let a crisis go to waste: social policy opportunities from COVID-19

This paper, published by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), brings together social policy experts from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families of the Life Course (Life Course Centre). The researchers, led by Life Course Centre Director Professor Janeen Baxter, explore how the COV...

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Women in Melbourne and regional areas hardest hit by COVID-19 labour market downturn

Female workers in Melbourne and those in regional areas of Australia are disproportionately bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 labour market downturn. These are key findings from a co-branded Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research and Life Course Centre Research Insights paper that examines the different pathways for men a...

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Global study shows high rates of adolescent motherhood are slow to decline

High global prevalence of adolescent motherhood is proving hard to shift, with reductions modest or absent in many developing countries and even rising in some.

This is a key finding of a global study, led by Life Course Centre researchers at The University of Queensland, that analysed Demographic and Health Survey data from more than ...

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