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Alcohol-related social disorder and rural youth,
by Paul Williams

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, September 2001, pp.11-19

The consumption of alcohol is embedded in the cultural psyche of rural Australia. By their early teens, most rural youth have tried alcohol, and some consume alcohol regularly. When they drink, the young often do so at hazardous and harmful rates, increasing their likelihood of being involved in social disorder as victims or perpetrators, or both. Paul Williams analyses the available data, and suggests strategies to lower the rates of alcohol-related social disorder in rural regions.

Leadership from within: rural community revitalisation and the school-community partnership,
by Susan Johns, Sue Kilpatrick, Ian Faulk and Bill Mulford

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, September 2001, pp.20-25

Schools and communities in regional and rural areas are forming partnerships that benefit both parties in a number of ways. A school-community partnership project in Western Australia has provided young people with increased employment opportunities, and increased self-confidence and self-esteem.

Rural resilience: youth 'making a life' in regions of high unemployment,
by Joan Abbott-Chapman

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, September 2001, pp.26-31

Given the lack of post-compulsory education and employment opportunities in many rural areas, Year 10 school leavers are often encouraged to live away from home to engage in further education, and therefore broaden their employment prospects. But at age 15 or 16 is this what they want to do, and will it lead to the best outcome for them? Their families and the local community may, deliberately or not, influence young people to stay at home, and, according to the research reported here, 'family influence and family culture should not always be seen as a deficit, for the wider family often acts as a "buffer" providing economic, social and emotional support in hard times when jobs are scarce'. This paper urges a re-examination of rural families' social capital, and the recognition by educators of rural resilience. The buffer of family support, the author believes, needs to be considered in the design and development of school curricula and training programs for young rural people.

Hopes and fears: the life choices, aspirations and well-being of young rural women,
by Penny Warner-Smith and Christina Lee

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, September 2001, pp.32-37

While most young Australian women still aspire to forming a relationship and having children, it also appears that the experience of motherhood - and particularly the age at which young woman have their children - is related to broader patterns of social inequality and disadvantage for young rural women. Penny Warner-Smith and Christina Lee examine the possible implications of young rural women's life choices for their well-being in the current economic climate. In the light of on-going restructuring of services, it is argued that there is a particular need for supportive social policies which provide young rural women with a range of choices about parenting, relationships and paid work.

Anxiety and depression in young people: a collaborative rural and remote model,
by Warren Bartik, Nick Kowalenko, Kathy Whitefield and Ann Wignall

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, September 2001, pp.38-42

Mental health issues for young people, particularly anxiety and depression, are increasing in severity and frequency. Rural and remote health areas generally have limited specialist services to assess and manage young people with mental health problems. The model for service described in this paper is a best practice collaboration between a metropolitan service and a rural health service. It involves placement, training workshops and supervision to provide rural practitioners with increased skills and competence to manage a range of interventions in child and adolescent mental health.

Rural youth run RYOT,
by Sheila Allison

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, September 2001, p.43

In 1983 an agricultural field event called Agfest was first held in rural Tasmania. It attracted 111 exhibitors and 9,000 patrons and was a two-day event. Now Agfest is a three-day event which this year attracted over 68,5000 visitors and 615 exhibitors from Tasmania and the mainland - and the whole thing is organised by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania.

Rural CAMHS: for better or worse,
by Brendan Sheahan

Youth Studies Australia, v.20,, n.3, September 2001, pp.44-48

Recruitment difficulties and technological advancements are factors that greatly impact on remote community mental health service delivery. This paper looks anecdotally at the issues of introducing new services and concepts into remote communities that have evolved and maintained their own social fabric and structures. It looks at how small communities cope and how they may react to changes to their structure and functioning, particularly in matters relating to family.

'Tell Me About it': a community-based project to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in Wagga Wagga,
by Jacinta Makin and Susan Butler

Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, September 2001, pp.49-52

In the final year of their occupational therapy degree course, Jacinta Makin and Susan Butler collaborated with local agencies to conduct a 10-week project aimed at addressing the high rate of teen pregnancy in the Wagga Wagga district of New South Wales. The involvement of young mothers in the development and presentation of a peer-to-peer sex education program increased the impact of the messages delivered to high school students. This cost-effective program built networks between health services, education services, community members and local agencies. For the peer educators, involvement in the program provided benefits including new friendships, increased self confidence and improved public-speaking skills.

Last modified: 11 December, 2007