Self-Control: Determinants, Life Outcomes and Intergenerational Implications

Higher levels of self-control deliver broad benefits for individuals, their offspring, and societies as a whole and should be a target of intervention policies, particularly for children.

This is a key finding of a new Life Course Centre Working Paper, which provides the first comprehensive empirical understanding of self-control (the ...

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Women aren’t better multitaskers than men – they’re just doing more work

Multitasking has traditionally been perceived as a woman’s domain. A woman, particularly one with children, will routinely be juggling a job and running a household – in itself a frantic mix of kids’ lunch boxes, housework, and organising appointments and social arrangements.

But a new study, published today in PLOS One, shows women ar...

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HILDA findings on Australian families’ experience of childcare should be a call-to-arms for government

Australian parents are disadvantaged by a lack of affordable childcare, with childcare costs rising by about 145% in real terms since 2002, the latest HILDA study reveals.

The annual survey found the majority of Australian parents have experienced childcare difficulties over the past year and the costs of childcare are an increasing st...

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Higher education can overcome social inequity, but it takes time

Tertiary institutions and other organisations could do more to give university graduates an equal start in the job market, according to a new report led by Dr Wojtek Tomaszewski from The University of Queensland.

The research, funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and supported by the Life Course...

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LGB disadvantage in health and wellbeing an early starter

Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) adolescents are worse off than their heterosexual peers across health and wellbeing outcomes, according to a University of Queensland study.

Dr Francisco Perales, from UQ’s Institute for Social Science Research and a Life Course Centre Research Fellow, said the findings draw atte...

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Women gained life-long benefits from Australia’s minimum school leaving age reform

Improved older-age cognition, marital matches and financial assets are some of the long-term benefits that Australian women received from 1960s compulsory schooling policies.

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper is the first to provide an overview of the lifecycle benefits of raising the minimum school leaving age, and how these affe...

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Australia has attracted an exceptionally high quality of migrants

Migrants to Australia bring with them high levels of human capital both in terms of cognitive abilities and personality traits, according to a new Life Course Centre Working Paper.

These findings show that concerns about the quality of migrants attracted to Australia are misguided. Rather, migrants to Australia possess very strong huma...

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Life Course Centre student wins 3MT heat and progresses to faculty final

Congratulations to Life Course Centre student Alice Campbell who was the winner of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heat held at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland this week.

Alice’s 3MT presentation on ‘The prevalence, predictors and outcomes of sexual identity changes in two cohorts of Austr...

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Can the weather cloud a child’s development?

Adverse weather conditions may be responsible for diminishing children’s critical early development outcomes and long-term achievement, according to a new Life Course Centre Working Paper.

The paper presents the first causal estimates of the effect of the weather on children’s time allocation. It uses variations in local weather observ...

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Men do see the mess – they just aren’t judged for it the way women are

On a typical day, men spend a third as much time cleaning as women.

Does that make women beacons of cleanliness, while men are genetically unable to see the messiness in their midst?

This myth is a common explanation for why men don’t do as much housework as women. Men walk into a room and apparently can’t see the dust bunnies g...

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