Life Chances study, stages 1-12
RPC’s ongoing Life Chances Study began in inner Melbourne in 1990 with 167 babies and their parents. Since then, stages of the study have focused on different issues, from services for young children to experiences of school and finding a job.
Stage 12, the latest of the Life Chances study, focuses on economic security and life chances as the participants approach 30.
Stage 11 (24 to 28-year-olds) focused on experiences of post-compulsory education and training and the labour market.
Dina Bowman, Iris Levin and Malita Allan 2016, ‘Not sure if it’s a waste of time or not’: education, employment and equity – insights from the Life Chances Study, The Australian Sociological Association National Conference, Melbourne, 28 November–1 December.
Dina Bowman and Malita Allan 2016, ‘It’s all just luck really’: understanding young people’s education and employment pathways – insights from the Life Chances Study, Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 6–8 July.
Dina Bowman and Malita Allan 2015, Developing a typology of youth transitions, The Australian Sociological Association National Conference, Cairns, 23–26 November.
Stage 10 (21-year-olds) examined varying experiences of the transition from school to work.
Stage 9 (18-year-olds) examined paths from leaving school to further education, training and employment.
Stage 8½ explored the stories of the eight young people in the study who had left school aged 14 to 16.
Sections of this report may also be downloaded separately:
- of Stories of early school leaving (PDF, 178 KB) includes the method, findings, discussion and references.
- of Stories of early school leaving (PDF file, 265 KB) presents the eight young people's stories at length.
Stage 8 (16-year-olds) and Stage 7 (15-year-olds) explored engagement with school and work and future plans.
Stage 6 (11 and 12-year-olds) focused on the children’s progress as they were completing primary school. For the first time, the children’s own perspectives were included.
Stage 5 (6-year-olds) examined how changing family circumstances affected children’s health, development and progress in school.
Stages 1–4 of the Life Chances study examined services for mothers, babies and infants, as well as exploring the parents’ employment and the experiences of migrant parents and their children.
Janet Taylor 2014, Life chances: stories of growing up in Australia, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW. Order from Federation Press
Life Chances: turning 13, turning 18 (DVD) distributed by Film Projects