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Each quarter, our peer reviewed journal publishes up to six research- and practice-based articles on Australian youth. Find out more.

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Youth Studies Australia

Feature articles

Yacvic Conference paper 2007

Embedded youth work:
Ethical questions for youth work professionals

by Howard Sercombe

Most professions have wrestled with the problem of dual relationships, and the profession of youth work is no exception. Howard Sercombe holds that in order to understand how dual relationships can be avoided within youth work, it is necessary to be clear about what is involved in professional relationships. Sercombe also outlines policies that provide guidance for youth work in situations where dual relationships can't be avoided. He points out that the circumstances in which youth workers operate mean that the professional encounter is not neatly circumscribed in time and space. Youth workers, therefore, need to be diligent about following best practice in all situations.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.2. pp.11-19.
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Yacvic Conference paper 2007

The Victorian local government youth charter:
Opportunities and dilemmas

by Rob Nabben

Since 2004, a process has been under way to support and enhance the role of Victorian local government in youth engagement - the centrepiece of which is a youth charter guide. This paper, written by one of the project designers, explores the context of local government and the intentions of the development project. It is argued that this not only involves organisational change, but re-thinking foundational assumptions about participation, democracy and young people. The project has provided opportunities to support and enhance youth-local government engagement. It also illuminates many dilemmas that relate to change in these contested social systems.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.2. pp.27-34
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Yacvic Conference paper 2007

Participatory approaches to longitudinal research with young people

by Dan Woodman and Debra Tyler

The Life-Patterns project is a panel-cohort longitudinal study following the life trajectories of 1,908 young people who left school in Victoria in 1991. The project attempts to obtain nuanced pictures of young people's lives in three ways: using a reflexive longitudinal study design, with opportunities for participant feedback and influence on future questionnaire design; using a mix of large-numbers surveying with smaller-numbers in-depth interviewing; and by building ongoing relationships with participants through regular feedback reports on the findings and the impact of the research. The paper uses the example of this project to explore the challenge of participatory approaches to largenumbers longitudinal research.1
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.2, pp.20-26.
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Yacvic Conference paper 2007

I'm gonna sound like a drunk here:
Constructions of volume of consumption

by Ester Mancini-Peña and Graham A. Tyson

Discursive psychology was used as a means of increasing our understanding of the way young people may talk about volume of consumption in relation to their drinking behaviour. Analysis of the audio recording and transcript of a pilot focus group discussion with four young people revealed that participants employed varying constructions of volume in their talk about alcohol consumption. Moreover, at different times, they also discussed drinking without any discernible references to volume. The implications of these constructions are discussed in relation to exchanges between professionals and young people, such as media campaigns and brief interventions.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.2. pp.35-42.
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JUNE 2007

Feature articles

Using the social care framework to analyse research on young carers

by Bettina Cass

Bettina Cass, with Deborah Brennan, Ilan Katz, Catherine Thomson and Deborah Mitchell, and 10 Partner Organisations in NSW and South Australia, are undertaking a three-year ARC Linkage Grant project on 'Young Carers: Social Policy impacts of the caring responsibilities of children and young people'. Located at the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW), the investigators are exploring the interplay between the socioeconomic and sociocultural circumstances in which young people take up caring responsibilities; the policy settings that affect the level and types of care which they provide; and the impacts of care-giving on their participation in education, employment and friendship/social networks. The project will map the gaps in service provision which young carers, their care recipients and service providers identify.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.2. pp.44-49.
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JUNE 2007

Feature articles

Students at risk:
Interagency collaboration in Queensland

by Bruce Allen Knight, Cecily Knight and Daniel Teghe

This report on a three-year study of the Social Well-Being in Mackay Schools (SWIMS) project includes a survey of the literature, a discussion of aspects of the program’s implementation and examples of new and innovative means of successful interagency collaboration in educational and child protection contexts. These examples also highlight the use of community development principles, such as capacity building for individuals to address issues, and networking and building relationships that promote confidence and trust between institutional and individual actors.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.2. pp.50-57.
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