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Youth Studies Australia Vol.10 n.4
Summer 1991

The desire to learn...: A conversation with ANZAAS youth delegates

Science is for everyone, by Robyn Watts, ANZAAS delegate;
Gifted and talented Australian students - the need for understanding and support, by Carey J Denholm

Youth Studies Australia, 1991 v.10 n.4 pp.12-23

When the ANZAAS Congress was held in Hobart in February 1990, we at Youth Studies Australia had a wonderful opportunity to meet with some of the ANZAAS Youth Congress delegates. We invited a group of them for a recorded discussion in our office where we were joined by Dr Carey Denholm. Together we asked the students about their impressions of the Congress and about their own educational experiences, especially in science. The seven students we spoke to were in either Year 11 or 12, and from a mix of public and private schools around Australia. They were nominated to attend the Congress by either their schools or through involvement with ANZAAS in their own state.

Come to the cabaret and get legless: tertiary student 'event' drinking,
by Jeremy Davey & Jeff Clark

Youth Studies Australia, 1991 v.10 n.4 pp.30-34

Does the unique setting of a university environment encourage and support specific types of drinking behaviour among students? This pilot study looks at the observations and expectations of those involved in on-campus drinking events - the organisers, the bar servers and the drinkers themselves - and recommends intervention strategies to reduce the 'at risk' behaviour common at these events.

Who knows what? Parent and peer orientations in adolescent decision making,
by Jeffrey Wilks & Margaret A. Orth

Youth Studies Australia, 1991 v.10 n.4 pp.36-40

What to wear, when to drink, how far to go on a date? Who influences young people in making these decisions? Many studies have revealed distinct areas of parent and peer influence in adolescent decision making, as well as gender and age differences within those areas. The study of Queensland teenagers reported here shows that while young people look to their peers for short-term, social decisions, their parents' opinions are sought for long-term, educational and vocational decisions. However, as the children get older, parental influence generally decreases - especially with male offspring.

Marginalised young people and the power of decision making, by Chris Brown

Youth Studies Australia, 1991 v.10 n.4 pp.41-46

One of the effects of the personal and structural marginalisation of many young people in our society is the significant loss of their power of decision making - a loss which keeps them at the margins and which is not alleviated by the strategies of many human service organisations, which simply maintain their clients in their marginalised position. This paper considers one group of young people, who experience a developmental disability, and looks at the response of one human service organisation in addressing decision making aspects of marginalisation.

Youth Studies student paper: Young offenders and employment: A policy analysis, by Julia Griffith

Youth Studies Australia, 1991 v.10 n.4 pp.47-51

This paper explores the issue of "Young Offenders and Employment" and provides an analysis of a State Government policy initiative, the Employment Access Program. The paper adopts a framework for policy analysis identified by David Gil in his book Unravelling Social Policy. First, the paper examines the issue - what the issue is, components of the issue, casual theories and the nature, scope and distribution of the problem. Second, the paper examines the policy response to the issue providing an analysis of the Employment Access Program. This analysis includes examining the objectives of the policy, the value premises and ideological orientation underlying these objectives, the main strategies adopted by the policy, the target group, the short and long-term effects and the reported benefits and costs. Finally, the paper discusses approaches to developing alternative policies.

Coming in from the country,
by Colin R. Boylan

Youth Studies Australia, 1991 v.10 n.4 pp.52-55

In an effort to improve participation rates in tertiary education for students from remote rural locations, Charles Sturt University-Riverina has developed an innovative access and support program. The program and some biographical characteristics of the students are described in this report.

Health issues for young people (to be taken in context),
by Adam Jamrozik & Cathy Boland

Youth Studies Australia, 1991 v.10 n.4 pp.24-29

Identifying health issues and formulating health policies for young people requires consideration of the societal context of these people. As with other groups in society, young people are not homogeneous, either socially or economically, and as youth is a transitional state, their health needs and the policies that address them should not be seen as exclusive to an age group.