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Harvard, soccer and over-scheduled families,
by Alvin Rosenfeld

Youth Studies Australia, v.23, n.1, 2004, pp.15-18.

The over-scheduled child-rearing style currently being touted in the USA and in much of the rest of the developed world may be causing adolescents to be involved with drugs, alcohol and premature sex. However, as renowned American child and adolescent psychiatrist Alvin Rosenfeld asks, 'Is anyone listening?'. This thinking means school students are often sleep-deprived as they busily rush from one activity to another, not to mention endless homework, and time spent 'volunteering at charities to shape their resumes so they will fit what elite colleges supposedly are looking for'.

Leave no child behind: Recreation and sports: Instruments for world peace,
by Jimmy Calloway

Youth Studies Australia, v.23, n.1, 2004, pp.19-26.

Jimmy Calloway articulates the relevance of creating cultures of achievement through youth sports as an instrument for peace and inclusion throughout the world. He explores the possibilities that sport in all countries improves social integration, stimulates socioeconomic development and increases social capacity. Creating 'cultures of achievement' through sport is a natural, realistic way to unite youth and communities, and a way to 'transcend countries and unique differences held by individuals'.

Fun and games? Myths surrounding the role of youth sports in developing Olympic champions,
by Daniel Gould and Sarah Carson

Youth Studies Australia, v.23, n.1, 2004, pp.27-34. (Peer reviewed)

Professionalisation and specialisation of youth sports disadvantages the majority of young people and does not optimise the development of Olympic champions. A multisport approach makes sport fun for all young people, encourages youth to be physically active and provides more young people with the support and skills necessary to progress to the elite sporting level. Youth sport practice is often driven by 'a sort of folk pedagogy as opposed to hard scientific evidence'.

Getting physical: The importance of physical activity in the prevention of overweight and obesity in youth
by Han C.G. Kemper

Youth Studies Australia, v.23, n.1, 2004, pp.35-41.( Peer reviewed)

This review of recent research findings regarding the international epidemic of overweight and obesity in young people includes longitudinal studies conducted on young people in the Netherlands, provides clues as to possible causes of weight gain and recommends measures to combat the trend. 'There is strong evidence that the so-called 'obesogenic environment' prompts individuals to eat more than they need and to do less daily physical activity than they need.'

Local initiatives: Background notes on obesity and sport in young Australians
by Sue Headley

Youth Studies Australia, v.23, n.1, 2004, pp.42-46.

As a lead-up to next year's special issue of Youth Studies Australia, which will focus on youth sport and leisure activities in Australia and New Zealand, the current issue includes a selective overview of recent literature in the area of obesity, sport and physical activity in Australian children. 'Aggressive parents have been cited as one reason for children giving up sport, and the problem of the "ugly parent syndrome" is gaining increasing coverage in the Australian media.'

Sport, physical activity and antisocial behaviour in youth,
by Leesa Morris, Jo Sallybanks, Katie Willis and Toni Makkai

Youth Studies Australia, v.23, n.1, 2004, pp.47-52.

Recent research from the Australian Institute of Criminology shows that, in addition to increasing their physical and mental well-being and reducing obesity, young people's participation in sport also has the significant benefit of reducing antisocial behaviour. 'A multi-agency model, where government and other agencies work together to fund and support sport and physical activity programs, is critical for successful implementation.'