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Adolescents in the 21st century
by Reed Larson and Jeylan Mortimer

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, pp.11-12

Contrary to some people's expectations, prosperity has not inevitably improved the well-being of youth (witness the Littleton Colorado school shootings, and the jumps in rates of numerous indicators of adolescent problem behaviour during the boom years of the 60s and 70s). (This article is reprinted with permission from the SRA Newsletter, a publication of the Society for Research on Adolescence, fall, 1999.)

Human rights for young Australians in the 21st century,
by Louis Schetzer

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.13

Louis Schetzer, director of the National Children's and Youth Law Centre, prepares a wish list for children's human rights in Australia. It includes a commitment by government to comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a network of specialist youth legal services, the provision of culturally relevant education programs for Indigenous young people and an end to mandatory sentencing.

Youth will find solutions,
by Joan Abbott-Chapman

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, pp.14-15

Joan Abbott-Chapman predicts that in the face of the continuing domination of global capitalism and economic rationalism, young people will gather ever stronger peaceful resistance movements and counter cultures in the search for more humanistic values of respect for human worth, pursuit of the common good and social justice.

And the linear model goes on and on,
by Peter Dwyer

Youth Studies Australia v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.16

According to Peter Dwyer, most predictions about young people are based on a lack of consultation with young people themselves, and on linear models of adolescent development. He predicts that young people will be more interested in horizontal mobility than in upward mobility, and will give priority to personal well-being and relationships rather than career.

Adolescents and social policy,
by Penny Mitchell

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, pp.14-15

The thinking of researchers in adolescent health and welfare across the world is converging around a recognition of the centrality of control and connectedness in determining the ability of young people to grow into healthy and happy adults.

Exposing the myth of the Internet,
by David James

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.17

Although he is about to commence studies in computer science at UTS, David James is sceptical of the Internet's ability to break down barriers in communication and increase understanding between people.

Moving our focus to Asia,
by Chi Jensen

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.16

Chi Jensen, an 18-year-old university student, hopes that Australia will loosen its ties with Europe, Britain and America, and strengthen its links with Asia. However, she stresses the need for racial and cultural diversity and tolerance.

Diary of an adolescent: 1 January 2048,
by Fran├žois Hugo

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.18

In 48 years time, Francois Hugo, a 15-year-old writer from Hobart, foresees young people providing their own technological training, and working from home. However, he suggests that a traveller from 2000 would feel at home with the greed, injustice, stupidity and bizarreness of the world in 2048.

Music of the future,
by Sebastian Chan

Youth Studies Australia v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.19

Sebastian Chan works at the Powerhouse Museum, is a DJ, a media critic and is completing a PhD on electronic music, so he is well qualified to speculate on the future of music. He suggests that circa 2050, music is likely to be indistinguishable from other sensory experience.

The future of young people and environmental issues,
by Paul Songhurst

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.20

Despite believing that young people have no particular passion to 'save the planet', Paul Songhurst, the president of the Youth Environment Society, feels that the establishment of more environmental organisations focusing on youth will inform, inspire and empower young people to preserve and protect the environment.

Time out, spaced out: Young people making meaning,
by Joan Abbott-Chapman

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, p.21-25

Joan Abbott-Chapman argues that the pace of change and the multitude of uncertainties of contemporary life make 'time out' and 'space' more important than ever in the lives of young people. Forms of time out may range from the socially acceptable such as family life, through 'hanging out' with friends and extreme sports, to the self destructive such as drug taking and suicide.

Flight, enmeshment, circus and Australian youth,
by P.A. Danaher and Geoff Danaher

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, pp.26-30

Previous research has suggested links between social mobility and educational non-achievement. The authors of this paper call for a more fluid understanding of itinerancy, and for a more inclusive approach to educational provision for all people.

Field education practices in youth studies courses in England, USA and Canada,
by Ruth Webber

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, pp.31-37

After studying field education programs designed for youth and community workers in three countries, Ruth Webber concludes that, to produce effective youth workers, the programs need to more clearly show students how to link theory with practice.

Youth workers in Sydney: Doing a lot with a little,
by Lisa Bourke and Pam Evans

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, pp.38-43

Within a sample of Sydney youth workers, the authors identify two distinct styles of youth work: the 'carers' and the 'professionals'. However, all subjects adopted a harm minimisation model when confronted with actions and behaviours not socially acceptable, and mentioned the importance of consistency when working with young people.

Blazing the developmental trail: The past, the future, and the critics,
by Ross Homel

Youth Studies Australia, v.19, n.1, March 2000, pp.44-50

In response to a critique by Richard Hil in the previous issue of YSA, Ross Homel, who headed the consortium which produced the report Pathways to Prevention for National Crime Prevention, argues for the value of utilising developmental research to guide the design of intervention programs.

Last modified: 11 December, 2007