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AUSTRALIAN TEMPERAMENT PROJECT (ATP)


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
ACT
Northern Territory
Regional
LGA
ASGC Remoteness
Other
More than annual
Annual
2-4 yearly
Less than 5 yearly
Once only
Ad hoc
Detailed publication / report publicly available
Data cubes / spreadsheets publicly available
Agency annual report
Customised data - free upon request1
Customised data - charged consultancy1
Not published - may be available on request1
Not publicly available
[1] May be subject to release conditions

DETAILED METADATA

Contact

Data custodian: Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

Contact: Deputy Director (Research)

Address: Level 20, South Tower, 485 La Trobe St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Telephone: 03 9214 7888

Facsimile: 03 9214 7839

Email: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/contact.php

Internet: http://www.aifs.gov.au

Publications

Main report: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/resreport4/main.html

Purpose

To trace pathways to adjustment and maladjustment across the lifespan, and examine the contribution of personal, family, peer and broader environmental factors to adjustment and wellbeing.

Description

The ATP is a longitudinal study that is tracking the development and wellbeing of a community-based sample of Victorian children born in the early 1980s. The ATP survey contains questions which relate to respondents’ experiences of physical, sexual and verbal abuse by a parent/s, and physical and verbal abuse by a partner.

Collection Type

Survey

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Respondent
(Victim1)
Respondent
(Secondary victim1 2)
Respondent
(Offender3)
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment
Education
Income
Geography
Other
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other
Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness
4



5



FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear
Prior history of victimisation / offending
Known outcomes
application for violence order
violence order issued
offender charged
offender went to court
offender found guilty
offender sentence type
child protection involvement
time off work / economic costs
medical treatment received / type
changed routine
other
Other personal data items

Child's school attendance;
Child's behaviour;
Child's achievements
1 Respondent may or may not have experienced FDV.
2 The ATP contains one question which relates to respondents' experiences of witnessing physical violence between 'the adults caring for them'. However, information on the Document Link Icondirection of abuse (who was the victim and who was the offender) is not available within this data collection.
3 Demographic data was collected for both parents, however, it is not possible to identify which parent was the perpetrator.
4 Relates to respondent's parent's alcohol, substance use and mental illness.
5 Collected for intimate partners only.

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other
Relationship between parties
married/de facto spouse
current / former partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
parent-child
sibling
other member of household
other relatives
relationships of personal or financial dependency







Weapon use
type of weapon
Alcohol involved
Substance use involved

Physical injury sustained
type of injury
Reported to police
reasons for not reporting
Other

The collection instruments can be viewed at: http://www.aifs.gov.au/growingup/studyqns/index.html


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

Information on FDV has not been directly collected within this survey both parents of a study child were asked the following questions:

    • Do you have arguments with your partner that end up with people pushing, hitting, kicking or shoving?
    • Is there anger and hostility between you and your partner?
    • Do you and your partner argue?
Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse

Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)

Conceptual Framework Element / Sub-element
Amount of Information Available
None
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental Factors
Individual pyscho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Understandings and acknowledgments of risk and safety
Incident
Responses
Informal responses
Formal system responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation

Collection methodology

Participants were recruited from a subset of Victorian Local Government Areas (LGA) selected by the ABS to provide a representative sample of the State’s population. All parents with an infant aged 4-8 months who visited an Infant Welfare Centre in a chosen LGA during the first two weeks of May 1983 were invited to participate.

The initial sample comprised 2443 families from urban and rural areas of the state. Approximately two-thirds of the families are still participating in the study after 24 years. Fourteen waves of data have been collected by mail surveys from 4-8 months to 24 years of age. The first four waves of data were collected at annual intervals from infancy to 3-4 years of age. From the commencement of primary school up to 19-20 years, the data collections have been at two yearly intervals, with an additional assessment completed during the first year of secondary school in order to track wellbeing over this important developmental transition. There has been a four-year gap between the survey waves at 19-20 years and 23-24 years, and it is anticipated that there will be a similar gap to the next data collection.

Parents, Maternal and Child Health nurses, primary school teachers, and from the age of 11 years, the children themselves, have completed questionnaires about the young people's development and wellbeing. These include temperament, behavioural and school adjustment, substance use, antisocial behaviour, depression, health, social competence, civic mindedness and engagement, peer relationships, family functioning, parenting style and family environment. There have also been a number of smaller, in-depth studies addressing specific developmental and clinical themes in which sub-samples of families have been visited at home and the children individually assessed.

Scope / target population

Males and females born within the State of Victoria between September 1982 and January 1983.

Coverage

One child selected per household (aged between 4-8 months at time of commencement), except in the case of twins, in which both children were selected.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

National

Data available for:
Australia
State/Territory (all)
Suburb / Postcode

Frequency / Timing

Waves 1-13 were conducted annually/biennially. Waves 14 and 15 at four-yearly intervals.

Collection history

Collection commenced: November 1983

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

FDV related data not routinely published but is included in thematic papers where relevant to the research topic. Data may be available on request.

Other data sources held by this agency

Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms Legislation and Courts Project, Australia
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
Longitudinal Study of Separated Families (LSSF)
Survey of Family Relationship Service Clients, 2009

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