Parenting as an investment in child development: what matters and when?

Chief Investigator:

Dr Angela Gialamas

Funding Amount:



The University of Adelaide


Parents “invest” in their children’s health and development in many ways, but not all parents have the same resources to invest. Less parental investment is a key mechanism for inter-generational transmission of socioeconomic disadvantage. In Australia we have no comprehensive picture of how parents invest in their children at different ages. This project will identify the parenting investments that matter most for children’s development, and when these investments matter most. This is central to informing interventions to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.

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