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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
Main report: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/resreport4/main.html
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.
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.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
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 direction 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.
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:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
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.
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