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Preliminary Community and Family Studies: Lifespan development

Preliminary Community and Family Studies

Finding Resources in Oliver

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS...

ClickView- Pregnancy and Childbirth

The wonder of pregnancy and childbirth is an exciting and stressful time for mothers as well as fathers. This engaging, interview led program transitions from conception to birth as it covers the key developmental stages in each trimester. Experts interviewed include midwives Kelly Langford and Jan Ireland, and obstetrician Dr Lionel Steinberg. In parallel, we follow a mother's journey across the nine months. The program documents foetal development, outlines key medical tests, the emotional and physical aspects of pregnancy, birthing options and the birthing process. Please note: This program contains a live birth scene in the final chapter. Viewer discretion advised.

ClickView- Child Development

Life at 1 is the first installment in a landmark series that aims to unlock the secrets of child development by following 11 babies and their families for seven years. Made in conjunction with the long-term study in which 10,000 Australian children have been placed under a sociological and scientific microscope, this groundbreaking program focuses on those first formative years to try to discover what creates a happy, healthy child and makes us who we are. Like those in the study, the 11 families in this series come from different walks of life. The challenges they face are both ordinary and extraordinary. As we follow the babies through milestone events and days of ordinary routine, we witness the impact on their lives of factors such as their parents' relationships, finances, work, health and education. We watch the fascinating interplay of nature and nurture. And we predict the future. Our experts, families and the information collected by the largest study ever conducted on Australian children tell us what limits children's growth and wellbeing and what makes them thrive. In Life at 1 we also conduct behavioural and biological experiments - with rather surprising results. In Episode 1 we discover the personalities of our babies and in Episode 2 we find out if the stress of modern living is too much stress for a child. Join us for the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Personality not only affects how a child responds to their world but it also affects how we respond to them. The truth is we treat a shy and withdrawing child differently to one who is confident and outgoing. This episode of Life at 1 explores how childcare, IVF, large families, playgroups, racism and premature birth might shape the personality of a child in their first year f life. We witness the intriguing results of two experiments that tell us how confident and outgoing these infants are. And we talk to the child development experts to see if we can predict at this tender age the type of person these children will become.

ClickView- Adolescent Development

This program looks at the physiological, emotional and sexual developments taking place during adolescence, as seen by health professionals, educators and young people themselves.

ClickView- Adulthood

The health of individuals and communities worldwide is affected by a complex combination of factors. Where we live, our environment, genetics, income, education level, and our personal relationships all influence our health. This insightful program offers an overview of adult health and development, outlining the physical, social, emotional and intellectual stages of development we all experience. It illuminates the health status of adults, acknowledging gender differences and similarities and summarising the major determinants of health which affect societies worldwide. Throughout the program, expert input from doctors is balanced with personal opinions from everyday adults at all three stages of development.

ClickView- the Elderly

Home and community are vitally important, and often become more so as we get older. In northern Europe, housing models for seniors have been designed to allow them to maintain connection with their communities, and to stay in their own homes for longer. Australia has been slow to adopt models like these, but there are some alternatives out there which appeal to older people. In this episode, the second in a 3-part series about ageing, Compass looks at different ways of living including sharing with others, as we get older.

Health Direct

Life Stages- Through Health Direct

Health Direct- Child Development


As we move through the various life stages, different health factors become more prominent while others, once prominent, become less of a concern.

In this section we take a quick look at how the Australian population profile is changing before looking at typical health concerns at all of the major life stages.

Australian Department of Health

Physical and social circumstances, starting before birth and continuing through childhood, influence both physical health and the ability to maintain health. Key transition points in women’s lives are important in the development of good or poor health. These include pregnancy and childbirth, school entry, puberty, workforce entry, partnering, menopause, leaving the paid workforce, and widowhood

Child Development

Development is the term used to describe the changes in your child’s physical growth, as well as her ability to learn the social, emotional, behaviour, thinking and communication skills she needs for life. All of these areas are linked, and each depends on and influences the others.