Lives under the microscope
Children take part in a social experiment as Australia watches them grow to adulthood
LIFE at 7 is the fourth instalment in a series that follows the ordinary and extraordinary life events of a group of Australian children as they grow from infancy to adolescence, recording their most important life events as they unfold.
Every two years, the filmmakers revisit the children and their families to take a snapshot of their lives and conduct behavioural experiments that provide an insight into the children’s inner worlds.
The Jesuits famously say: ‘‘Give me the child at seven and I’ll show you the man’’. The subjects of the series have now reached this milestone year. Are its subjects really mini versions of the adults they will one day become.
The Life series has exclusive access to a wealth of scientific findings from Australia’s unique federally funded longitudinal study, Growing up in Australia, where 10,000 children and their families are interviewed over 15 years to unveil never before captured sociological and scientific data. Life at 7 runs alongside this study and provides real-life illustrations of the scientific findings, bringing a human face to the statistics.
Over two episodes, Life At 7 takes a deeper look at the way children’s temperaments are shaped by their lives and the increasing influence of peers in their ever-expanding worlds.
Observational footage is interwoven with new behavioural experiments and psychological observations designed to observe temperament and peer group behaviour under a microscope.
What does it take to make thriving, creative and happy human beings.
Over two episodes, Life at 7 takes a deeper look at the way the individual temperaments of our children have shaped their lives and the increasing influence of peers in their ever-expanding worlds.
Observational footage is interwoven with behavioural experiments and psychological observations.
As the lives of our children unfold, we grapple with the essence of what it takes to make us all thriving, creative and happy human beings.
Tuesdays, 8.30pm, ABC1