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The Australian Temperament
Project (ATP) is one of the longest running studies of social
and emotional development in Australia. The study is based on a representative
sample of over 2000 Australian children born in the state of Victoria, between
September 1982 and January 1983. Since then, parents (Generation 1) and their offspring
(Generation 2) have been followed for over 30 years (15 waves) across
childhood, adolescence and into adult life.
The ATP Generation 3 Study (ATPGen3)
builds on the foundations of the ATP by following over 1000 cohort offspring
(Generation 3) from late pregnancy to 4 years of age (5 waves). The study
assesses parental emotional health, the parent-child relationship (including
observational assessments of infant attachment and parental caregiving
behaviour), and offspring social and emotional development. The study has also
been set-up to study biological (epigenetic) processes linking generations.
The ATP began in 1983 as a collaboration between the Royal
Children’s Hospital Melbourne and La Trobe University, Victoria Australia.
Over time the collaboration has expanded to include The University of Melbourne
(Department of Paediatrics), The Australian Institute of Family Studies, Deakin
University (Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development), the Murdoch
Children’s Research Institute, the University of New South Wales, and Otago
University (New Zealand).
The ATP Generation 3 Project is based within the Department
of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, located within the Royal
Children’s Hospital, and is funded through National Health and Medical
Research and Australian Research Council Grants awarded through the
Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development. Professor Craig Olsson is the
Scientific Director. Read more about the project team here.
You can find a complete list of ATP publications on our website.
Vassallo, S., & Sanson, A. (Eds.) (2013). The
Australian Temperament Project: The first 30 years. Melbourne: Australian
Institute of Family Studies.
Betts, K. S., Alati, R., Baker, P., Letcher, P., Hutchinson,
D., Youssef, G., & Olsson, C. A. (2018). The natural history of risky
drinking and associated harms from adolescence to young adulthood: findings
from the Australian Temperament Project. Psychological medicine, 48(1),
Hawkins, M. T., Letcher, P., O’Connor, M., Bant, S., Deery,
A., Sanson, A., ... & Olsson, C. A. (2017). The Structural Stability of
Positive Development Across Young Adulthood: Longitudinal Findings From the
Australian Temperament Project. Emerging Adulthood, 5(5),
You can find all you need to know about the Australian
Temperament Project (ATP) and the Generation 3 study, including news, contact
details, and information for participants and collaborating researchers at our central
Study participants can also update their contact details here.
We also invite you to stay up to date with the ATP
Generation 3 Study via our Facebook page.
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