Early childhood predictors of school readiness: a multilevel linked data study

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Using population-based linked data, this thesis investigated the relationship between adverse events in early childhood (child chronic illness, parent chronic/psychiatric illness, child maltreatment, parent criminality) and children's development. The sample included children born in Western Australia during 2003-2004. The 2009 Australian Early Development Census evaluated children's development in five domains (physical, social, emotional, communication, cognition). Increased risk of poor development was associated with all adverse events studied; in turn, poor development predicted poor grade 3 school
outcomes. Addressing developmental difficulties in early childhood, such as through inter-agency collaboration and providing family-centred services, may help to prevent later negative school outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Bayliss, Donna, Supervisor
  • Glauert, Rebecca, Supervisor
  • Ohan, Jeneva, Supervisor
Award date23 Jun 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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