Youth Studies Australia
VOLUME 26 NUMBER 4 2007
The social consequences of 'how the sibling died' for bereaved young adults
by Andrew McNess
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.4, pp.12-20.
Research into how the 'type' of sibling death impacts surviving siblings at a social level was conducted using a semi-structured interview format with 25 bereaved siblings and seven counsellors. The results indicated that in cases where a sibling's death had a greater impact within public spheres, the young adult was more likely to receive beneficial social support than young adults associated with 'private' death examples. The paper concludes by outlining how individuals can provide effective support for bereaved young adults, as well as avoid unhelpful support behaviours.
Youth 'at risk'? Young people, sexual health and consent
by Anastasia Powell
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.4, pp.21-28.
In Australia, there is a growing expectation that sexuality education should reduce the risks associated with youth sex by providing young people with information on protecting their sexual health. However, this information may be insufficient to ensure that young people make choices that support their sexual safety and autonomy. This paper considers the adverse implications of the problematisation of youth sexuality for young people's sexual health and autonomy. It draws on interview and focus group data from 117 young people to explore the varying opportunity that youth have to actively negotiate and promote safe and consensual sex. Finally, implications for sexuality education and violence prevention are briefly considered.
Rural youth and multimedia: An interagency approach
by Susan Brumby, Robyn Eversole, Kaye Scholfield & Leanne Watt
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.4, pp.29-36.
The 10MMM multimedia project began in late 2002 in a rural region of western Victoria and has now entered its second stage. It is an inter-agency initiative intended to decrease the social isolation of rural young people and stimulate the expression of youth 'voice' and leadership using multimedia tools. As the process of working with rural young people unfolds over time, it provides an opportunity for ongoing reflection on the extent to which the project can become truly driven by young people, and whether it can enable them to take a stronger leadership role in their rural communities.
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Mind the gap: Considering the participation of refugee young people
by Jen Couch
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.4, pp.37-44.
In the area of young people and participation, it is sometimes assumed that more is better; however, after many years of experience working with and researching refugee youth, Jen Couch has observed that refugee young people may be placed at risk if participatory programs are ill-conceived and under-researched. She reminds the reader that participation must not be considered an 'ideological absolute' but rather a useful tool for empowering young people and improving their self-esteem. If programs involve families and the wider community, there is a greater chance that everybody will be able to successfully negotiate and accept the changes that participation will make to young people's lives.
Success with Wraparound: A collaborative, individualised, integrated and strength-based model
by Paul Wyles
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.4, pp.45-53.
A model of service delivery called Wraparound, which was developed in the USA, focuses on maximising collaboration between stakeholders, including the client and their support network, as well as services involved. It is used extensively in the disability, mental health, juvenile justice, education and out-of-home care fields across North America. This paper reviews the literature exploring evaluations of the model and also examines an example of the application of Wraparound in an Australian context ? the Turnaround program in the ACT ? and its preliminary evaluation. Finally, challenges and opportunities for the model are considered.