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The youth worker's role in young people's sexual health: A practice framework
by Marty Janssen and Jackie Davis

Youth Studies Australia, v.28, n.4, 2009, pp.19-28

Sexual health promotion is of primary importance for young people in Australia, especially for vulnerable and at-risk young people. The authors first identify the important role of youth workers in engaging clients proactively around a broad range of sexual health issues, and then discuss real and perceived barriers that youth workers face in meeting the sexual health needs of young people. The article presents a discussion engagement framework – the PLISSIT model – and practical examples to assist workers to improve their skills and confidence in this area.

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