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Peer relations at school and the health of adolescents
by Ken Rigby

Youth Studies Australia, v.17 n.1 pp.13-17

There is now reliable evidence that the experience of frequent victimisation by peers at school is associated with relatively poor mental and physical health among young people. Ken Rigby reviews the evidence from Australia and overseas, and describes a recent longitudinal study in South Australia which suggests that constantly being bullied at school in early adolescence can have enduring negative health consequences.

Power, ethics and youth work
by Howard Sercombe

Youth Studies Australia, v.17 n.1 pp.18-23

Howard Sercombe explores the meaning of power in the context of youth work. He proposes that power is a mutual relation, and is given up or 'ceded' to another person. Primarily, this a relation of cooperation, but often is corrupt or oppressive. The paper explores what common ethical terms - like empowerment, dependency, corruption and exploitation - might mean in the context of youth work practice.

It's all news: Making and remaking the myths of youth
by Richard Eckersley

Youth Studies Australia, v.17 n.1 pp.25-27

The media produce contradictory commentaries on which the 'myths' of youth - both good and bad - are often based. Richard Eckersley attempts to clear up a few of the misconceptions arising from media interpretations of opinion polls.

Post-registration truancy: The hidden side of truancy
by Peter Kilpatrick

Youth Studies Australia, v.17 n.1 pp.28-33

Truancy does not necessarily mean wagging a whole day from school; it can, and frequently does, take the form of missing a part of a day. This study of 'post-registration' truancy in a Tasmanian high school looks at the patterns of this type of truancy and considers the implications for schools' 'duty of care' regarding these students.

In the eyes of social workers: The social production of marginality of youth in Hong Kong
by Victor Wong and Sammy Chiu

Youth Studies Australia, v.17 n.1 pp.36-42

A study of social workers' perceptions of 'marginal youth' in Hong Kong revealed a negative bias which the authors believe may contribute to the actual 'production of marginality'. The negative attitudes of social workers also do nothing to address the needs of disadvantaged young people or the factors that may account for their situation.

Freedom of Speech. An Innovative project from the UK
by Jenny Critchlow

Youth Studies Australia, v.17 n.1 pp.43-45

To find out how young men feel you need to ask them. The problem is that most young men do not like to talk. The article describes an innovative project designed to encourage young men to communicate.