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The Development and Validation of Australian Indices of Child Development-Part I: Conceptualisation and Development

Ann V Sanson, Sebastian Misson, Mary T Hawkins, Donna Berthelsen



The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major national study examining the lives of Australian children, using a cross-sequential cohort design and data from parents, children, and teachers for 5,107 infants (3-19 months) and 4,983 children (4-5 years). Its data are publicly accessible and are used by researchers from many disciplinary backgrounds. It contains multiple measures of children's developmental outcomes as well as a broad range of information on the contexts of their lives. This paper reports on the development of summary outcome indices of child development using the LSAC data. The indices were developed to fill the need for indicators suitable for use by divers..

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