Longitudinal data provides the opportunity to study the evolution of New Zealand families and to determine the impact of family background and circumstances on child development and family functioning.
It assesses five studies:
- The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, Dunedin School of Medicine
- The Christchurch Health and Development Study, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Services
- The Pacific Islands Families Study, Auckland University of Technology
- Best Outcomes for Māori, Te Hoe Nuku Roa, Massey University
- The Survey of Family, Income and Employment, Statistics New Zealand
- The Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand, Department of Labour.
- It briefly examines four additional studies:
- The Competent Children Project, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
- Te Rerenga ā Te Pīrere, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
- The Youth Connectedness Project, Roy McKenzie Centre, the Health Services Research Centre and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research
- The Canterbury Suicide Project, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Services.
This report was completed for the Families Commission by Michelle Poland and Jaimie Legge