Lives un­der the microscope

Chil­dren take part in a so­cial ex­per­i­ment as Aus­tralia watches them grow to adult­hood

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TUESDAY EXTRA -

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

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