ATP newsletter 2016

Season's Greetings from the Australian Temperament Project.

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Thank you for your ongoing support of the ATP. We wish you and your family all the best for the festive season, and a very happy 2017.

Some findings from the 2014-15 survey

Thank you to everyone who took part in our last survey. As promised, here is a summary of some interesting findings that came out of the survey.

Relationships between Generation 1 and 2 study members*

Type of financial assistance provided by Gen1 to Gen2

Lived with you at little cost or no cost *18+) 54%, Helpged with purchasing a car or similar 38%, Helped with a real estate purchase 27%, Helped pay for housing costs while studying 20%, Helped pay HECS or other tuition fees 19%.

What Gen2 were up to

Most Gen2 members were engaged in work, study or child care at the time of the 2014-15 survey.

Paid employment 78%, Self-employed 12%, Not in paid employment 5%, Studying (full/part-time) 8%, Holiday/break 1%, Parent caring for child 17%.

Community mindedness

85% of Gen2s had donated money, clothes or goods to a charity in the last year and 68% had made a conscious effort to care for the environment. More than half had signed a petition (57%), and 43% had boycotted or purchased items for political, ethical or environmental reasons.

Over half Gen2s have a mortgage and almost 70% work between 31 to 50 hours a week.

Gen 2 Home owner? Have a mortgaage 59%, Renting 28%, Living rent free 5%, Own home 4%, Other 4%. Gen 2 Hours worked? 0-30 hours 21%, 31-40 hours 43%, 41-50 hours 25%, 51+ hours 11%,

Update from Gen3

We are on track to achieving our goal of welcoming 1,200 third-generation children into the greater ATP family and, thereby, becoming one of the largest intergenerational studies in the world. So far, over 900 children born to nearly 600 ATP members are participating in Gen3, and at the time of writing another 45 babies were on their way!

We are so grateful to all our families already participating in the Gen3 study, but we still need more families to join this exciting new phase. This is why we are still contacting Gen2 members twice yearly - to find out if they are expecting a baby and would be interested in participating in the next phase.

Gen 2 How many children? None 63%, One 15%, Two 15%, Three+ 7%.

Don't wait for us to contact you! If you or your partner are pregnant or have recently had a baby, please get in touch! We would love for you to be a part of this exciting study.

Find us on facebook! or @ATPGen3

Keep up to date with Gen3 news and events by following us on Facebook. Here you can read interesting articles, find useful parenting resources, get updates on the project's progress, and meet the ATP team.

Like our page to find out more, and share it with family and friends!

Paper vs online surveys - what was your preference?

In recent years we have offered Gen2 members the option of completing their surveys online or by mail. Last survey, we asked our Gen1 parents if they would like to complete their surveys online. Views were mixed! Thank you for your helpful feedback. We will keep it in mind when planning future surveys!

Gen 1 Paper vs online? Online a good idea 61%, Probably paper version 27%, Would not complete online 12%.

Stay in touch

Each of you contributes a unique experience to the study, so we really want to stay in touch. If you move, or your details change, we would appreciate it if you could let us know.

How to get in touch with the ATP team

To update your details:


Phone: (03) 9345 4129


Australian Temperament Project
Department of Paediatrics
University of Melbourne
Royal Children's Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052

Thank you again for your ongoing support of the ATP

* Gen1 - original study parents. Gen2 - original study members, now in their 30s. Gen3 - children of Gen2