Prof Jenn McIntosh shares ATP G3 findings at ACF’s Childhood Trauma Conference

Prof Jenn McIntosh recently shared ATP Generation 3 findings on child-parent relationships with over 900 colleagues at the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Childhood Trauma Conference. Jenn leads the ATP’s MAC lab leads research on the parent-child relationship. You can read more about the MAC lab at:

Young Aussies ‘happier than they’ve been in 10 years’

  The latest results of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index show that young Australians’ happiness levels are at an all-time high. Lead researcher and ATP investigator Dr Delyse Hutchinson says that the results reflect a trend toward greater health and wellbeing generally, with other surveys demonstrating declines in alcohol and illicit drug use. Read more … Continued

Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers with Stephen Pinker

  Was 2017 really the “worst year ever,” as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we’re doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago. Watch the TED talk on youtube: 

Mental health in infancy – A podcast with Prof Louise Newman

When we care for young babies we mostly think of keeping them warm, physically safe and well fed—but their mental health is also crucial. Infants who have difficulty regulating, expressing emotions and have less positive relationships, are more likely to experience greater challenges throughout their lives. In this episode of ABC Podcast ‘All in the … Continued

New Research: Adolescence and the next generation

  New research published in Nature by MCRI researchers, including ATP Gen3’s own Prof Craig Olsson, suggests that we need to think differently about adolescence and how it impacts the next generation. Earlier onset of puberty, and later parenting, over the past 50 years means that today’s adolescents will be the largest generation to become … Continued

Generation V

ATP Generation 2 participant Anita Bloom, her Generation 1 mother Beth, and Generation 3 daughter Rose were recently featured in the news! In 2020 a separate, Victoria-wide longitudinal study named ‘Generation V’ is going to be launched by the MCRI. Anita and her family were featured in the launch last week to show how successful … Continued

Lessons from the longest study on human development

  What have we learnt from studies like the ATP that follow thousands of children and their families through their lives? Science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting in this TED talk about the longest-running study of human development in the world.

Interpreting infant growth & development charts

  Interpreting statistics on children’s development can be challenging for parents and practitioners alike. In this article from The Conversation, Dr Byrne discusses some of the common errors made when interpreting percentile charts, such as infant growth charts. She says: “I love a chubby baby – but I love a baby who tracks on the … Continued

Positive Development in the 21st Century

  In this ABC article, scientists discuss what our changing climate will mean for future Aussie families. ATP’s Prof Ann Sanson is also investigating how the next generation can thrive when facing the challenges of climate change. Ann says that our children will need good STEM skills, high levels of problem-solving skills, flexibility, empathy, tolerance, … Continued