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If everybody looked the same: Post-youth culture,
by Amanda Evans

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.2, 2001, pp. 11-16

Popular culture and youth are always close in the academic scheme of things, but they are not synonymous. In order to create a visible avenue for the distinction of discussions of youth and popular culture. Amanda Evans uses the site of magazines as a guide.

Nimbyism vs social inclusion: Local communities and illicit drugs,
by Philip Mendes

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.2, 2001, pp. 17-22

This paper explores the role of local communities in the current Victorian debate on illicit drugs. Attention is drawn to the contested nature of terms such as community and community development, and to the factors driving local drug interventions in Victoria. A distinction is drawn between those groups which seek to include drug users in their community, and those which seek to exclude drugs and drug users.

Youth at risk: Why don't they just enrol in a tertiary course or get a job?
by Sonia Whiteley

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.2, 2001, pp. 23-28

Youth at risk can be characterised as young people who experience difficulty negotiating their life options after completing school and do not engage in further study or employment. This paper examines selected results of a large-scale survey of Queensland youth who completed their schooling in 1997. Four groups of young people were compared: those enrolled in tertiary study via the admissions centre, those in employment, those who were undertaking another form of further study, and those who were unemployed or not in the labour force. Youth at risk were remarkably similar to other young people regarding their reasons for not studying and their access to information about their post-school options. The main differences between those at risk and other young people were their achievement at school, their failure to apply for tertiary study through an admissions centre, and their parents' highest level of education. These findings have a number of implications for the future study and employment prospects of youth at risk.

Making ends meet: The experiences of undergraduate students of education at the University of Ballarat,
by Sue Turale

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.2, 2001, pp. 29-34

Using in-depth interviews with 17 rurally-based university students, Sue Turale explores concepts and experiences of poverty, and the coping mechanisms students employ to survive it. She offers insights into the impact of poverty on student lives and suggests a Life Passage model to account for these experiences.

An evaluation of psychology reports in the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice Program: An analysis of their effectiveness,
by Christopher Lennings, John Stephenson, Michael Cotter, Ingrid Johnston and Tony Jenkins

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.2, 2001, pp. 35-39

Forensic psychology reports have the potential to contribute significantly to the outcomes of a Children's Court hearing. There is, generally speaking, a dearth of research concerning juvenile forensic pre-sentencing reports with little previous Australian research. There is also limited literature evaluating the effectiveness of psychological reports. In the main, we found little correspondence of psychologists' recommendations with court outcome. Nonetheless, forensic reports appear to be appreciated by magistrates and solicitors.

Disadvantaged and homeless youth on the Gold Coast: A case study of a human services organisation,
by Merv Hyde, Juliette Goldman and Mark Sinclair

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.2, 2001, pp.40-45

Government, corporate and church organisations often direct their support to narrowly focused projects or large charitable groups. However, this case study of a small, voluntary organisation, which faces an ongoing struggle for financial support, reveals that it is successful in assisting homeless and disadvantaged youth. This case study of a human services organisation for disadvantaged and homeless youth includes recommendations to improve the quality of services provided in such organisations.

National Youth Policy in Sweden

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.2, 2001, pp.46-51

This summary of Sweden's Review of National Youth Policy constitutes the basis for an international review of Swedish youth policy within the Council of Europe. The goal of the review was to provide a good description of the structure and content of youth policy as the basis for an analysis and critical discussion about government efforts for young people. The summary is reprinted here with permission of Sweden's National Board for Youth Affairs (Ungdomsstyrelsen), PO Box 17801, S-118 94 Stockholm, Sweden. For more information see:

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