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Just behaviour

We have a very interesting 'bag of mixed lollies' in this issue of Youth Studies Australia, with something that should suit everybody's taste. The issue starts by focusing our attention on the current and future work situations of youth workers, then shifts our gaze to research that identifies a range of aspects of young people's behaviour that results in negative outcomes for them, their peers and their fellow community members. However, all is not doom and gloom as the authors suggest means of encouraging young people to behave in more responsible, positive ways.

In the six papers,

  • Howard Sercombe, in this issue's PROGRAMS & PRACTICE feature, reveals why youth work in rural Australia can be rewarding not only for young clients, but also for the youth workers, who may experience a greater sense of agency, the support of community and more tangible results for their efforts.
  • Tim Corney suggests that youth workers in schools face new challenges as governments plan to blur the distinctions between teachers and youth workers and to place more youth workers in schools.
  • Leanne Dalley-Trim asks us to consider the dangers of legitimising commonsense understandings of gender that encourage boys to adopt a hegemonic version of masculinity that is both misogynist and limiting to boys.
  • Shoko Yoneyama and Ken Rigby report on their research that suggests that teachers may be able to reduce bullying by identifying students who are unhappy in the classroom.
  • Nicki Dowling, David Clark and Tim Corney discuss their research project involving university students which revealed that there are considerable gaps in young people's knowledge in regard to responsible drinking.
  • Shari Walsh and Katherine White report on the behaviour of university students in regard to mobile phone use. They find that many young people have no qualms about engaging in inappropriate phone use, such as talking on their phones while driving or in a movie theatre.

Sue Headley