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Adolescent wellbeing: Trends, issues and prospects

Adolecent Wellbeing cover
ACYS Publishing
J-F, Darren Pullen and Annemaree Carroll
Publication Date
Jun 2013

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Adolescent wellbeing: Trends, issues and prospects fills a major gap in the range of resources
that address the complexity of adolescent development in a holistic way.

While health and wellbeing is a primary focus in education, health, sports and related legislation, there is little available that presents high standard and practically relevant studies under one cover. To address that need, this collection brings together a contemporary, comprehensive and up-to-date overview on adolescent wellbeing within an Australasian context.

This edited collection is designed for a broad range of readers, in particular those wanting to work within both a clinical and educational context. The content will be of interest to practitioners, students and teachers, and to youth researchers.




Conceptualising the developmental needs of adolescents within a learning context
J-F, Darren Pullen and Annemaree Carroll

Mental health and resilience

Health and wellbeing: How do young people see these concepts?
Gary Easthope and Rob White

Predicting adolescents future intentions to seem help for mental health problems
Coralie Wilson and Frank Deane

General health and development

Primary health care for young people: Are there models of service delivery that improve access and quality?
Melissa Kang, Diana Bernard, Tim Usherwood, Susan Quine, Garth Alperstein, Helen Kerr-Roubicek, Abigail Elliott and David Bennett

What does wellbeing mean? Perspectives of wellbeing among young people and youth workers in rural Victoria
Lisa Bourke and Paula Geldens

Sexual health and relationships

Breaking a spell of silence: The Tasmanian evaluation of the 2006 Pride and Prejudice Program
Doug Bridge

Youth ‘at risk’: Young people, sexual health and consent
Anastasia Powell

Physical health and nutrition

Adolescent physical health and nutrition: An educational perspective
Darren Pullen and J-F

Youth-friendly pharmacies: Exploring the role of community pharmacy in providing health care for young people in New Zealand
Emma Horsfield, Terryann Clark, Fiona Kelly and Janie Sheridan

Emotional Health

Adolescent loneliness, reputation and wellbeing: Implications for intervention
Amanda Bourgeois, Annemaree Carroll and Stephen Houghton

Depression stigma in Australian high school students
Nicola Reavley and Anthony Jorm

Peer relationships and bullying

‘Just boys being boys’?
Leanne Dalley-Trim

Bully/victim students and classroom climate
Shoko Yoneyama and Ken Rigby

Environment and learning

Re-engaging young people with education and training: What are the alternatives?
Kimberley Wilson, Kellie Stemp and Sue McGinty

Music for engaging young people in education
Carmen Cheong-Clinch

Youth justice

Concepts shaping juvenile justice
Rob White

Students at risk: Interagency collaboration in Queensland
Bruce Allen Knight, Cecily Knight and Daniel Teghe

Interventions and awareness

The Resilient Families Program: Promoting health and wellbeing in adolescents and their parents during the transition to secondary school
Alison Shortt, John Toumbourou, Rianna Chapman and Elke Power

Exploring young people’s beliefs and images about sun safety
Katherine White, Natalie Robinson, Ross Young, Peter Anderson, Melissa Hyde, Susan Greenbank, Julie Keane, Toni Rolfe, Paul Vardon and Debra Baskerville

Risk-taking behaviors

Comfortably numb: Young people, drugs and the seductions of popular culture
Karen Brooks

Who participates? Differing perceptions of risk by young people and the impact on strategies for youth participation
Adele Pavlidis and Sarah Baker

Indigenous health and wellbeing

‘Kura, yeye, boorda, nyungar wangkiny gnulla koorlangka’: A conversation about working with Indigenous young people in the past, present and future
Len Collard and David Palmer

Indigenous youth and gangs as family
Rob White

The migrant and refugee experience

‘My life just went zig zag’: Refugee young people and homelessness
Jen Couch

Playing for the future: The role of sport and recreation in supporting refugee young people to ‘settle well’ in Australia
Louise Olliff

Youth in the digital age

Rural youth and multimedia: An interagency approach
Susan Brumby, Robyn Eversole, Kaye Scholfield and Leanne Watt

Sociality online: An exploratory study into the online habits of young Australians
Catherine Waite


About the authors

The editors would like to acknowledge the role of the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies. We would especially like to thank Herb Seewang (Manager) and Sheila Allison (Editor) for their support, direction and input into the production of this book.

We are grateful to all the authors who have contributed toward this book. It is their unique expertise and research insights that bring a comprehensive and insightful understanding of adolescent wellbeing.

The editors would also like to acknowledge their families and friends whose continuous support and coffees made this work possible.

The editors

Dr J-F is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, Australia and is a registered school teacher and guidance officer. He is also a forensic psychologist, criminologist and developmental specialist in adolescent mental health and psychological disorders.

Dr Darren Pullen is a lecturer in Health Science and Information and Communications Technology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and he was previously a research fellow in the university’s School of Nursing and Department of Rural Health. 

Dr Annemaree Carroll is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and is a registered psychologist and teacher. Her research activities have focused on the self-regulatory processes of adolescent behaviour and child and adolescent emotional and behavioural difficulties.