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'At risk' youths and tattoos
by Aldis Putnins

Youth Studies Australia, v.16, n.2, March 1997, pp.13-15

The issue of adolescents and tattoos is a relatively neglected area of research and intervention. Studies indicate that there is an association between having tattoos, increased risk-taking and antisocial behaviours. Young offenders are found to have tattoos significantly more often than do community samples of adolescent high school students. While tattoos can sometimes reflect an antisocial orientation, it is argued that tattoos can also increase the risk of antisocial outcomes, that is, by creating a particular image they can further increase risk among youths who are already 'at risk'. It is concluded that those youths who have tattoos and who express a desire to have them removed should be supported to do so.

Wake up to sleepy students: Adolescents and narcolepsy
by Bernadette Hood

Youth Studies Australia, v.16, n.2, March 1997, pp.16-19

Narcolepsy is a disorder of sleep which generally first develops in adolescence. Bernadette Hood presents a brief overview of the disorder and an insight into the psychosocial implications of living with narcolepsy. Early support for teenagers with narcolepsy may well help diminish the difficulties of adjustment to this lifelong chronic illness.

A strategic alliance in Springvale: An innovative drug education strategy for young people and parents of diverse cultural backgrounds
by Bala Mudaly

Youth Studies Australia, v.16, n.2, March 1997, pp.20-25

The innovative project described here has resulted in the Springvale Community Health Centre being honoured at the 1997 Victorian awards for Innovation and Excellence in Primary Health Care. The award in the category of health promotion was made in recognition of the project's drug education strategy among the local Vietnamese-speaking community. The illustrations in this article are from the project's 1997 calendar, which uses messages in English, Chinese and Vietnamese to deliver the drug education message.

Wired for learning: Integrating computers and communications in education
by Peter Carey

Youth Studies Australia, v.16, n.2, March 1997, pp.26-33

What does Information Technology mean for student participation and student learning? Educator Peter Carey examines the effects of involving students as active participants in schools using Information Technology and describes how this is changing the nature of education.

Free market economics and new directions for youth workers
by Judith Bessant

Youth Studies Australia, v.16, n.2, March 1997, pp.34-40

In recent years public sector and non-government agencies have undergone major structural and cultural transformations. The new policy context is characterised by reductions in, and redirection of, spending, a comprehensive program of privatisation, contracting out and managerialism - all of which are becoming routine practice within many workplaces. What are these new models of operation and what is their impact on youth work and other human service workers?

Public school professionals' understanding, perception and experience of youth suicidal behaviour
by Paul J Mallett & Karen J Swabey

Youth Studies Australia, v.16, n.2, March 1997, pp.41-49

This survey of Tasmanian school professionals examines their understanding, perceptions and experiences of youth suicidal behaviour, and provides an initial examination of their knowledge, likely suicide intervention actions, and desire for further suicide intervention training. The data indicate that the respondents' knowledge is based largely on informal information sources and is acquired incidentally or through self-motivated learning. The respondents indicate a need and preparedness to participate in additional training to develop their competencies in youth suicide awareness and intervention.