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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 about Youth Studies Australia.

June 2009 cover (tiny)

June 2009 cover

June 2009 edition
Feature articles


Research that matters
In Australia, we are fortunate to have researchers who are interested in carefully examining youth-related issues, and a peer review system that allows us to evaluate their research within a recognised and rigorous framework of assessment. The use of a double-blind review process ensures that research is independently and anonymously evaluated by experts in the relevant field, thus maximising the reliability of the assessment. The peer review process is slow, and can be arduous for all concerned, but we believe it is essential to ensure that Youth Studies Australia is a dependable and respected explanatory source for the youth field.

YSA has an expansive view on research. We encourage papers on a wide range of research areas of relevance to young people’s lives. We are interested in research that extends the knowledge base of the youth studies community and is useful in practical, policy and/or theoretical contexts.

This issue is a good example of the diversity, relevance and usefulness of current research in the youth studies field. Terry Bartholomew and Judith Bessant have both contributed papers that consider the contested area of young people’s rights. Terry looks at young people’s rights in a specific but crucial area of their lives – their interaction with GPs – while Judith examines the impact of the new Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities on young people’s rights in the state of Victoria.

We then feature two papers of direct relevance to youth workers. Judy Bruce and her fellow authors from New Zealand describe a participant-researcher study that developed a model of best practice for evaluating youth work, while Megan Griffiths and her fellow authors discuss their research which will help mentoring providers tailor their programs for Horn of African young people.

The last two papers also aptly illustrate the topicality and breadth of YSA research papers. We often associate cyberbullying with primary or secondary school students but our fifth paper looks at cyberbullying from the perspective of TAFE students and finds that while cyberbullying is less prevalent, it still causes distress and disruption and needs to be addressed.

The final paper describes programs that used music therapy with refugee ESL students and with young men excluded from mainstream schooling. The author suggests that further research into music therapy may confirm the benefits of music therapy for a range of young people, particularly those who are vulnerable and at risk.

Sue Headley

In the hard copy edition, an acknowledgment was inadvertently deleted from the article 'Culturally appropriate mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia' by Megan Griffiths, Pooja Sawrikar and Kristy Muir, which appeared in the June 2009 edition of Youth Studies Australia (v.28, n.2, pp.32-40). That acknowledgment reads: "This research was commissioned by the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme (NYARS), Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Special thanks to all the interviewees and focus group participants and also to Elizabeth Cassity and Matthew Hatton for their valued input."

The NYARS report can be downloaded at:  ACYS apologises for this error.