Social Support and Mental Wellbeing in Retirement

While retirement is a significant life event, there has been little research on whether and how social support evolves around this event. A new Life Course Centre Working Paper addresses this knowledge gap by examining the relationship between the retirement transition and social support and mental wellbeing. The paper extends existing work i...

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Inaugural Life Course Centre Working Paper Series Award Winners Announced

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) has announced its inaugural Working Paper Series award winners.

All 30 Life Course Centre Working Papers published in 2019 were eligible for the awards, which were determined by a nine-member panel of judges in a...

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Examining Australia’s low wage growth since the GFC

Employees in Australia, as in many other countries, have experienced declining wage growth since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC). This decline has received much attention from policymakers and central banks because of the social impact it can have by making households vulnerable to financial distress.

However, few studies have i...

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The lingering wage gaps of refugee workers

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper investigates why established refugee workers continue to have lower salaries than comparable native-born workers.

The topic is explored via the case study of Sweden, which has a refugee-friendly migration policy, a large share of the population with a refugee background, and allows asylum seekers ...

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One in five adolescents have suicidal thoughts or anxiety

A global mental health study led by the Life Course Centre has found approximately one in five teenagers experience thoughts of suicide or anxiety.

The University of Queensland study investigated data collected from more than 275,000 adolescents aged between 12-17 years across 82 low, middle and high income countries. It found 14 per c...

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What is driving Australia’s increased female labour participation?

Similar to many other developed countries, Australia has seen large increases in labour force participation for women since the 1990s. But identifying the main drivers of this trend still largely remains an open question.

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper seeks to explain Australia’s rising female labour force participation by exa...

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What are the life course consequences of childhood health problems?

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper investigates how health inequalities originate and are shaped over people’s lives.

The study examines the links between different dimensions of childhood health and multiple health-related life course outcomes by gender. The dimensions of childhood health are mental, physical, self-rated general h...

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First Australian evidence on retirement and wellbeing

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper explores the impact of retirement on different domains of life satisfaction, wellbeing and happiness. It provides the first empirical evidence from Australia on the effects of retirement on personal wellbeing.

The study, conducted by Life Course Centre researchers at The University of Western Aust...

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How to increase low debt repayment practices amongst credit card borrower

Growing credit card debt can be a source of substantial financial difficulty for borrowers and their families. A new Life Course Centre Working Paper seeks to tackle this problem by testing whether a prize linked financial tool can incentivise credit card users to increase their minimum repayments.

For many, growing credit card debt ma...

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Do adolescents gamble more in the presence of peers?

While it is tempting to think that adolescents observed by peers stop paying attention to the potential negative consequences of their actions, a new Life Course Centre Working Paper shows this is not the case.

The study was undertaken by Life Course Centre researchers Professor Agnieszka Tymula and PhD student Xueting Wang of the Univ...

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