A group of teenagers hanging out.
In recent years, the notion of a structurally imbalanced teenage brain has been faulted for bad choices. A review of studies suggests that a deficit in brain development is not to blame.
Parents play an important role in when their teenage children start drinking and their drinking patterns as they grow.
Teenagers pick up cues about drinking from you and your family. Here's how you can help them develop a healthier relationship with alcohol.
A new report paints a disturbing picture about the lack of hygiene in Aboriginal communities, that particularly disadvantages girls.
Our report shows poor hygiene in remote Indigenous communities is responsible for girls missing school during their periods due to lack of products and knowledge, and feelings of shame. .
Eating disorders are among the leading causes of hospitalisation for mental-health-related issues in Australia.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the Medicare review taskforce to consider increasing the number of subsidised mental health sessions for those with eating disorders. Why is that necessary?
A study of 78 Kenyan secondary schools shows up critical gaps in sex education.
At a time when a new national school curriculum is starting its pilot phase in Kenya, a study shows the massive gaps in sexuality education programmes.
Mass media is a source of sexual information for children.
Parents should monitor the television programmes their children are exposed to and advise them to make informed sexual choices.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is providing an exciting new innovation to tackle HIV prevention.
Trials have shown that rates of HIV infection are reduced if people not infected with HIV take anti-retrovirals - known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But adherence to a daily dose is a problem.
Do we need to panic about young people watching online porn?
There's no evidence that the increase in children committing sexual offences is because they watch online porn.
For a parent, talking to children about their cancer may be the only thing more difficult than facing their own diagnosis.
Young people whose parents have cancer report levels of psychological distress that are three to six times higher than others their age.
Boys who have high rates of empathy have 1.8 times more friendships with girls than those who struggle to comprehend the emotions of others.
Empathy seems to be the key to developing friendships. It's especially important for young men establishing supportive friendships with young women.
Not just a wives’ tale: growing pains are common in kids.
Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.
A survey of parents found many weren’t keen on their kids lifting weights, but the evidence says they should.
A recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.
Adolescents are at a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide after hearing about the suicide of a friend.
'Sunset' via www.shutterstock.com
Learning about a friend's suicide attempt appears to transform the distant idea of suicide into something very real.
Adolescence has always been hard, but there’s not much evidence to suggest it’s worse for kids these days.
Many adolescent pressures are age old, others newer, such as having followers on social media.
Teenage drinking in Australia has declined dramatically over the past fifteen years.
Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic.
Adolescents are losing up to an hour of sleep a night more then they did ten years ago.
Adolescents are getting less sleep even though they're at a stage in life when they may need it most. Why not delay school starting times so they can catch up on some shuteye?
Parents can support young people to develop healthy, respectful and consensual sexual relationships.
Talking about sex, intimacy and risk-taking with adolescents is not as easy as busting out a Salt-N-Pepa classic. Catchy lyrics aside, parents may be grappling with a number of questions: Is my adolescent…
High intake of take-away foods, red and processed meat, soft drinks, and fried and refined food is a risk factor for poor academic performance.
As their children submit themselves to the ordeal of all-important end-of-year exams, parents of high school and university students may be wondering what they can do to help. One thing they ought to consider…
When we talk about sexting, are we focusing on the real risks?
Image of people texting from www.shutterstock.com
Stories of teens taking and sending a naked picture of themselves with their phones have been all over the news media in recent years. The outcome? Shocking, according to reports which have suggested that…
Most children have never had legal capacity and are reliant on parents to make health-care decisions for them.
The diagnosis of a palliative illness in a child or adolescent is devastating for all involved: parents, family members and the children themselves, as they grieve for life they had planned and believed…