Youth Studies Australia
VOLUME 27 NUMBER 2 2008
Social inclusion and youth participation: A New Deal for Australia's young people?
by Kathy Edwards
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.2, pp.11-17.
In light of the recent election of the Rudd Labor government, and the highlighting of social inclusion as a ministerial portfolio and policy direction, Kathy Edwards examines both past and present Australian Government policies, and the UK experience under New Labour, in this investigation of the relationship between youth participation and social inclusion.
From ambivalence to activism: Young people's environmental views and actions
by Emma Partridge
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.2, pp.18-25.
Do young people really take a particular interest in environmental issues, or are they apathetic? This paper considers what young people really think about the environment by drawing together and reviewing attitudinal polling and other research into young people's views. It seeks to challenge simplistic assumptions, and instead acknowledges the inherently complex nature of young people's attitudes to environmental problems.
Harnessing the power of perception: Reducing alcohol-related harm among rural teenagers
by Clarissa Hughes, Roberta Julian, Matthew Richman, Ron Mason and Gillian Long
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.2, pp.26-35.
This paper outlines early findings from the Tasmanian-based Social Norms Analysis Project (SNAP). The Social Norms model is presented as a theoretically informed, evidence-based model for reducing alcohol-related harm in youthful populations by utilising the complex and often positive contributions peer groups make to adolescent health and wellbeing.
Youth workers and stress
by Vaughan Bowie
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.2, pp.36-44.
In this paper, Vaughan Bowie focuses on the neglected area of youth workers themselves and how they are affected by stress resulting from their choice of occupation. It provides some insights into how youth workers and their organisations can identify and minimise much of this stress.
Concepts shaping juvenile justice
by Rob White
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.2, pp.45-51.
Rob White's paper explores ways in which community building can be integrated into the practices of juvenile justice work. He provides a model of what can be called 'restorative social justice', one that builds upon the juvenile conferencing model by attempting to fuse social justice concerns with progressive juvenile justice practices.
yshareit: A project promoting the use of e-mental health resources among young people
by Caroline Spiranovic, Kate Briggs, Kenneth Kirkby, Caroline Mobsby and Brett Daniels
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.2, pp.52-60.
The yshareit project aims to increase awareness of and access to reputable e-mental health resources among young people. This is achieved by developing peer support networks, supported by e-mental health resources including the triage website, http://www.yshareit.com. Young people involved in the evaluation of the project described in this paper completed a range of activities aimed at enhancing communication skills and developing ideas for promoting e-mental health resources.