Loneliness, sleep and alcohol are keys to tackling teenage bullying and suicidal behaviours

Screening and early interventions to address loneliness, sleep disturbances and alcohol consumption can help to reduce the association between being bullied at school and suicidal behaviours. This is a recommendation of a global study from Life Course Centre researchers at the University of Queensland that examined the relationship between bu...

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COVID-19 lockdown policies linked to reduction in urban crime

Stay-at-home restrictions implemented around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been associated with an average 37 per cent reduction in crime across the globe, an international study has found.

University of Queensland researchers analysed daily cases of crime in 27 cities in 23 countries across the Americas, Europe, ...

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68% of millennials earn more than their parents, but boomers had it better

A lot of us are pessimistic about our children’s future. According to the most recent data from the Pew Global Attitudes Survey (in 2019), just 29% of Australians believe today’s children will be better off financially than their parents.

Such pessimism is common in many developed nations. In Japan, just 13% believe children will be be...

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Examining the labour market outcomes of immigrant women

The interaction of immigration and gender on women’s employment outcomes has been a key research question for Life Course Centre Senior Research Fellow, Dr Rennie Lee.

Dr Lee, who joined the Life Course Centre at the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland in October 2020, recently presented a Centre semin...

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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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