Journal article

More than a snapshot in time: pathways of disadvantage over childhood

Sharon Goldfeld, Meredith O'Connor, Elodie O'Connor, Shiau Chong, Hannah Badland, Sue Woolfenden, Gerry Redmond, Katrina Williams, Francisco Azpitarte, Dan Cloney, Fiona Mensah

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: Disadvantage rarely manifests as a single event, but rather is the enduring context in which a child's development unfolds. We aimed to characterize patterns of stability and change in multiple aspects of disadvantage over the childhood period, in order to inform more precise and nuanced policy development. Methods: Participants were from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children birth cohort (n = 5107). Four lenses of disadvantage (sociodemographic, geographic environment, health conditions and risk factors), and a composite of these representing average exposure across all lenses, were assessed longitudinally from 0 to 9 years of age. Trajectory models identified groups of ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Grant


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP160101735, and was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. S.G. is supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship 1082922, and F.M. is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1111160. H.B. is supported by an RMIT University VC Senior Research Fellowship.