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Youth Studies Australia vol.13 no.4
December 1994

What would the neighbours say? Social values in Ramsay Street
by Susan M. Howard

Youth Studies Australia, v.13 n.4 pp.13-19

Labelling a program as a 'soap' has a definite negative weighting, especially when coming from 'high culture' types. But is it fair? This analysis of the thematic content of 'Neighbours' sets out to find whether the social messages conveyed by this long-running soap are indeed undesirable. The answer is a qualified no.

Life at school used to be good: Victimisation and health concerns of secondary school students
by Phillip T Slee

Youth Studies Australia, v.13 n.4 pp.20-23

Bullying is a serious and on-going problem in most Australian schools and appears to be at its worst in the first two years of high school. The research reported here shows the significant relationship between poorer health and higher levels of peer vicitimisation.

Young people and the environment: A comparative analysis of young environmentalists and decision-makers in Australia and Canada
by E. Wilma van der Veen

Youth Studies Australia, v.13 n.4 pp.24-29

This study looks at the connection between individuals and the greater establishment - whether an individual can influence decisions made by others. The study includes an interesting 'typology' of young environmentalists.

Models of youth work intervention
by Trudi Cooper and Rob White

Youth Studies Australia, v.13 n.4 pp.30-35

There are many different approaches to the practice called 'youth work'. Based on their own experience, these authors present their interpretation of these approaches and the substantially different contexts for the achievement of particular goals and objectives in the youth work field.

Pathways or Yellow Brick Road: Student perceptions of the relation between school and work
by Malcolm Vick

Youth Studies Australia, v.13 n.4 pp.36-39

How do young people see the relationship between school and work? This study based on interviews in a provincial city finds that although the students believe their school education to be crucial to their 'future', which they equate with 'work', it is difficult to identify any clear basis for this belief or any real knowledge school is giving them of the world of work.

Communication needs of adolescent offenders
by Jeff Bailey and Kath Ellerman

Youth Studies Australia, v.13 n.4 pp.40-44

Adolescents in detention are often typified as having low levels of literacy, communication and social skills. This paper reports on a needs analysis of communication with young male adolescents in detention and older previous offenders on probation.

STD education for female TAFE students: Needs and future directions
by Carole Forrester

Youth Studies Australia, v.13 n.4 pp.45-51

This survey of Queensland female TAFE students found that knowledge levels were high, suggesting that future safe sex educational programs must be directed away from content and towards the skills necessary in using and applying such information.