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Berman, Naomi; White, Alexandra – Youth Studies Australia, 2013
The media plays a significant role in shaping cultural norms and attitudes, concomitantly reinforcing "body" and "beauty" ideals and gender stereotypes. Unrealistic, photoshopped and stereotyped images used by the media, advertising and fashion industries influence young people's body image and impact on their feelings of body…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Media Literacy, Secondary School Students, Sex Stereotypes
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Hildebrand, Janina; Lobo, Roanna; Hallett, Jonathan; Brown, Graham; Maycock, Bruce – Youth Studies Australia, 2012
Peer-based youth services provided by small non-profit community organisations have grown in number over the past two decades in response to an increasing need for informal, youth-friendly, accessible and confidential early intervention services. However, gaps in the evidence base and a general lack of evaluation capacity of service providers…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Peer Relationship, Program Evaluation, Program Development
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Rickwood, Debra; George, Amanda; Parker, Rhian; Mikhailovich, Katja – Youth Studies Australia, 2011
Young people at university are more likely to consume alcohol at harmful levels than their same-age peers who are not at university, and harmful alcohol use affects many aspects of campus life. This study aimed to investigate alcohol use and alcohol-related harms, both experienced and witnessed, among students at an Australian university. An…
Descriptors: College Students, Drinking, Young Adults, Rural Areas
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Beamish, Nicola; Cannan, Philippa; Fujiyama, Hakuei; Matthews, Allison; Spiranovic, Caroline; Briggs, Kate; Kirkby, Kenneth; Mobsby, Caroline; Daniels, Brett – Youth Studies Australia, 2011
This article presents results of an evaluation of an online Youth Ambassador (YA) program designed to promote internet resources for mental health in an adolescent population. Results suggest that an online YA program delivered in school is useful in improving mental health awareness for workshop participants. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, Mental Health, Workshops, Internet
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Waite, Catherine – Youth Studies Australia, 2011
In response to polarising and emotive debates around young people using the internet, this paper presents recent research findings and offers insight into the issue from the perspective of young people. In early 2010, young people in two rural Victorian towns were asked to complete surveys answering questions about their online habits. Their…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Adolescents, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Price, Megan; Dalgleish, John – Youth Studies Australia, 2010
Cyberbullying impacts on the wellbeing, schooling, family and peer relationships of many young people. The current study of 548 young Australians revealed that cyberbullying is a group phenomenon most prevalent during the transitional ages between primary and secondary school. It takes on many forms and shows an overlap in roles between…
Descriptors: Bullying, Internet, Children, Adolescents
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Reeckman, Barbara; Cannard, Laine – Youth Studies Australia, 2009
TAFE discipline procedures only apply to cyberbullying events that occur on campus, but this study found that some online incidents occurring off campus affect young people's experience of TAFE and students wanted staff to deal with them. Unlike conventional bullying, it appears that young people think cyberbullying shouldn't be defined by…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Adolescents, Secondary Education, Bullying