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Youth Studies Australia, v.11 no.4,
December 1992

How many homeless youth?
by David MacKenzie & Chris Chamberlain

Youth Studies Australia, v.11 n.4, pp.14-22

A major problem for policymakers is now to assess the size of the homeless population. The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report, 'Our Homeless Children', suggested two estimates of the number of homeless youth on an average night. This paper attempts to adjudicate between the two estimates, by undertaking a critique of the method by which the higher figure was developed, and then producing an alternative estimate based on a new approach.

HIV and harm reduction for homeless youth,
by Rosemary Rogers

Youth Studies Australia, v.11 n.4, pp.23-27

The Australian National HIV/AIDS Strategy (1989) identifies the homeless as a group at particular risk of contracting HIV. This paper examines the evidence for this statement, particularly as it applies to young homeless people and those who inject drugs. It discusses the failure of many agencies to adopt policies and procedures that properly assist homeless people to reduce the harm associated with their drug use, and explores some recommendations for better intervention with this group.

Tipping the Scales,
by Celia O'Grady

Youth Studies Australia, v.11 n.4, pp.28-34

A review of the intended and unintended outcomes of changes to Victorian child welfare and juvenile justice legislation and practice.

A rising star: in the prosecution of juveniles in Victoria,
by Celia O'Grady

Youth Studies Australia, v.11 n.4, pp.35-40

In the second of her two articles on juvenile justice in Victoria, Celia O'Grady looks at the increase in Public Transport Corporation initiated prosecutions.

Legal problems and youth workers,
by Rob White, Rod Underwood & Suzie Omelczuk

Youth Studies Australia, v.11 n.4, pp.41-45

How do youth workers respond to the legal needs of young people and are they adequately trained and resourced for this increasingly complicated task?

Sydney youth services study,
by Mark Grierson

Youth Studies Australia, v.11 n.4, pp.46-48

The study of Sydney youth workers and youth services reported here, found that a typical youth worker: is funded by the state government; works in the accommodation field and is to be found in either the outer western suburbs or in the inner city. The study also found a strong connection between levels of recorded youth crime and the distribution of youth services throughout metropolitan Sydney.

What really matters?: Important issues in adolescence,
by Jeffrey Wilks

Youth Studies Australia, v.11 n.4, pp.49-55

Identifying social, economic and emotional issues that are important to young people is critical if we are to understand the process of growing-up in today's society. In this study, 1154 Queensland teenagers indicated the importance they attached to 20 adolescent issues. Young males and females were generally very similar in their responses, agreeing that health, education, employment and personal relationships were very important to them. Boredom, or not having enough fun things to do, was not seen as a significant issue. Some age differences emerged, with older teenagers attributing greater importance to work, financial and sexual issues. Females rated friendship and happiness more highly than males; while males considered sport and popularity to be more important issues than did females. Implications of the findings for educational programs are discussed.