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Longitudinal Suvey of Australian Youth
In addition, LSAY incorporates data from the Youth in Transition and Australian Youth Survey cohorts, and an extensive program of analysis and reporting based on data from all cohorts.
A range of publications including research reports and technical papers are available
LSAY data are deposited with the Social Sciences Data Archives (SSDA) at the Australian National University in Canberra. The data are deposited in a form that does not permit the identification of individual sample members or participating schools. The data can be purchased from SSDA in Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) format for a nominal charge.
Research reports, technical papers and other materials are produced regularly each year. The data is provided to SSDA annually.
Over time the LSAY data collections from each cohort build up a range of data items on the social and educational backgrounds of young people, their participation in various forms of education, training and work, and their attitudes to education, work and life more generally. Not all of these data are collected each year, and the data collection changes somewhat in coverage as cohorts gradually get older, although there is a common core of data items. The longitudinal nature of the LSAY data collections means that new surveys are closely linked to, are comparable with, and build on, the previous surveys.
The common areas covered each year are as follows:
Information is available for Australia, states and territories, and metropolitan/rural, except for Year 9 achievement scores which are available for Australia only. For some data, other geographical levels may be available, depending on confidentiality.
METHOD OF COLLECTION
Following initial data collection in school, and a mail survey in the second year, subsequent contact with the sample is via a telephone survey that averages about twenty minutes in length.
TIMING OF COLLECTION
Telephone interviews are conducted annually between August and October.
Frequency of Collection
The survey is longitudinal. Survey respondents are contacted annually.
Data are available from 1978. The current collection follows on from earlier longitudinal surveys, Youth in Transition and Australian Youth Survey. Youth in Transition covered youth cohorts born in 1961, 1965, 1970 and 1975. The Australian Youth Survey commenced in 1989 with 5,300 young people aged 16 to 19 years and concluded in 1997.
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