Thriving in adversity: disadvantaged children performing well in school
Dr Catherine Chittleborough
Improving children’s mental health and the impact of developmental disorders.
Community Based Study
The University of Adelaide
Australian Early Development Census results for South Australian children show 23.5% are developmentally vulnerable at age 5. South Australia is consistently the second worst performing Australian jurisdiction on NAPLAN literacy and numeracy. Vulnerability is much more common among disadvantaged children. Despite this, some disadvantaged children thrive. This study will use SA whole-of-population data to investigate the effect of different types and combinations of adversity, and characterise children who thrive in spite of adversity, on developmental and academic outcomes, to help identify intervention opportunities for South Australian children.