AIFS – The positive impact of prosocial behaviours on mental health in children and adolescents
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of 10,000 young people and their families from across Australia. The study is conducted in partnership between the Department of Social Services and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). The study began in 2004 with a representative sample of infants (0–1-year-olds) and children (4–5-year-olds) from urban and rural areas across all Australian states and territories.
A recent snapshot from the LSAC study examined the extent of Australian children’s involvement in prosocial behaviours, such as volunteering or sharing, and patterns of mental health symptoms in children and adolescents. The research examined how prosocial behaviours and mental health symptoms change with age and suggests that childhood prosocial behaviours are associated with positive adolescent mental health.
In this webinar, Dr Karlee O’Donnell, Senior Research Officer in the Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies team at AIFS will share some insights for child and family services and practitioners on how they can best use the snapshot’s findings.
This webinar will:
- explore the relationship between prosocial behaviours and mental health symptoms
- describe how childhood involvement in volunteering can buffer against poor mental health in adolescence
- provide guidance for child and family services and practitioners on how to support children and young people to engage in prosocial behaviours.
Please note: This pre-recorded interview runs for 30-minutes. There will be no live facilitation, presenters or question time.
The content may be of particular interest to those working in areas relating to child and adolescent development, with carers and parents, or in areas related to mental health and wellness.
Date: Wednesday, 23rd August – 1pm to 1.30pm