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Youth Studies Australia
Our peer reviewed quarterly journal contains up to six research- and practice-based articles on Australian youth each quarter.

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Our popular monthly newsletter helps you to stay up-to-date with a wide array of news from the youth field each month.

ACYS also publishes books on youth studies and sociology subjects.

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Media release

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Signs of the times

Barack Obama won the US presidential election by 6%, but carried the youth vote by 34%. What does this mean? Another topic for youth research? Maybe! Meanwhile we bring you research results that answer more puzzling questions about young people.

Does the tail wag the dog in youth research?
Brian Hemmings analysed the content of articles in Youth Studies Australia over the period 1998 to 2007 and his results suggest that government policy does impact on the type of research undertaken in the youth field.

When is a curriculum not a curriculum
The issue of a curriculum is not only a talking point in education circles, it is also an issue for the youth field. While youth work does not lend itself to a curriculum that specifies 'outcomes', Jon Ord suggests that an appropriate form of curriculum can be most useful.

Big boys still don't cry or even talk much
Research into the bereavement experiences of young men who had lost a sibling found that even though participants thought it was helpful to talk, some were reluctant to do so for fear of being seen as 'emotional'.

Service providers underestimate clients' use of ICT
New research has found that young people who experience marginalisation are nevertheless adept at accessing and using ICT, while service providers are underutilising it as a tool in their practice.

The tanned hunter does better?
Despite the gory ads on TV, young people are still avoiding sun-protection behaviours for a variety of reasons, including sex appeal. This article suggest strategies that might just increase sun-protection behaviours.

Bully here, bully there, bully everywhere
Original research with Australian school students reveals that those who bully in the playground are likely to be those who bully online. However, perhaps surprisingly, there was no cross-gender bullying.

The articles:

Youth Studies Australia (1998–2007): A review and content analysis
By Brian Hemmings
In his analysis of the content of 252 of the journal's articles, Brian Hemmings suggests that an emphasis on health issues reflects a similar focus in Australian government policy, in media stories and in the promotion of health and wellness campaigns by both government and non-government agencies.
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.4, 2008, pp.9-15.

A curriculum for youth work: The experience of the English youth service
by Jon Ord
In his article, Jon Ord points out that not only is youth work unlikely to escape the 'gaze of the state' by avoiding the adoption of a curriculum, but also that the purpose of youth work is first and foremost educa-tional and, therefore, requires an appropriate form of curriculum.
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.4, 2008, pp.16-24.

Happy to talk ... to a point: Bereaved young men and emotional disclosureBy Andrew McNess
Andrew McNess reveals that bereaved young men are reluctant to risk their traditional masculine identity by disclosing emotionally. He suggests that 'a clear cultural validation of nontraditional forms of masculine expression would allow men other forms of bereavement-related expression without challenging their masculine social identity'.
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.4, 2008, pp.25-34.

Rethinking the digital divide: Findings from a study of marginalised young people's information communication technology (ICT) use
By Michelle Blanchard, Atari Metcalf, Jo Degney, Helen Herrman and Jane Burns
Service providers who work closely with marginalised young people do not realise that their clients use the internet extensively. Agencies also underutilise the internet as a valuable outreach tool because they don't have the skills to realise its potential.
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.4, 2008, pp.35-42.

Exploring young people's beliefs and images about sun safety
By Katherine White, Natalie Robinson, Ross Young, Peter Anderson, Melissa Hyde, Susan Greenbank, Julie Keane, Toni Rolfe, Paul Vardon and Debra Baskerville
Skin cancer prevention strategies need to target young people's perceptions about tanned and non-tanned people as this research suggests that young people associate many positive characteristics with suntanned individuals and more negative characteristics with pale-skinned people.
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.4, 2008, pp.43-49.

Cyberbullying: An ethnographic case study of one Australian upper primary school class
By Damian Maher
In his classroom study, Damian maher found that 'Both boys and girls instigated cyberbullying although the boys were far more aggressive in their interactions and bullied each other online more than the girls did ... The way the internet mediates interactions allowed both boys and girls to engage in new ways of bullying that included flooding and masquerade'.
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.4, 2008, pp.50-57.

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