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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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Transforming charity to reduce persistent poverty

Changing the perception of destitute people; that their situation is not their fault, is key to solving Australia’s poverty.

This is the view of Life Course Centre researchers at The University of Queensland, Associate Professor Cameron Parsell and colleagues, Dr Andrew Clarke and Associate Professor Francisco Perales, from the UQ Scho...

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Global health study highlights need to boost coverage of maternal and child health services

While improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health is a top global health priority, low- and middle-income countries continue to lag in the provision of such services. These gaps in global health service coverage are also forecast to persist into the future without urgent funding and interventions, according to a study by Life C...

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Australia’s homelessness problem set to grow – social housing provides the solution

The latest Australian Homelessness Monitor shows the national homelessness rate is set to surge as short-term coronavirus and housing protections phase down.

The 2020 Australian Homelessness Monitor offers an independent analysis of homelessness in Australia. It investigates the changing scale and nature of the problem, and assesses re...

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School readiness is more than just test results

A new study supported by the Life Course Centre and undertaken by researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute at The University of Western Australia has found there is a bigger picture to consider when determining whether a child is ready to start school.

In a study published in the Australian Journal of Social Issues, researchers revie...

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The worsening of Australian women’s experiences under COVID-19: A crisis for Victoria’s future

Australian women, especially those living in the state of Victoria, are experiencing higher economic vulnerability and poorer health, are carrying larger housework and childcare loads, and are vulnerable to long-term disadvantage as a result of COVID-19.

These are key findings from a new report that examines how Australian women have b...

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Life Course Centre researcher wins WA early career education research award

Congratulations to Dr Kirsten Hancock, a Life Course Centre Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute, who has received the Western Australian Institute for Education Research 2020 Early Career Award.

The Western Australian Institute for Educational Research aims to promote and disseminate new e...

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Life Course Centre student progresses to Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Faculty Final

Congratulations to Life Course Centre student Ella Kuskoff, the winner of the 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event held at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland this week.

Ella’s 3MT presentation, ‘The Road to Inequality is Paved with Good Policy Intentions’, highlights how policies with positive int...

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Present bias for monetary and dietary rewards: Evidence from Chinese teenagers

The model of present-biased time preference is a cornerstone of behavioural economics and a new Life Course Centre Working Paper provides evidence that fills important gaps in empirical research on this model.

Self-control is a key characteristic for effective self-regulation and personal goal attainment, and economists model self-cont...

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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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