Articles on Youth mental health

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Same-sex parents are more likely to share child care and work responsibilities more equitably than other families. Jessica Lucia/Flickr

Kids from same-sex families fare as well as peers – or better

It’s often suggested that children with same-sex parents have poorer outcomes because they’re missing a parent of a particular sex. But research my colleagues and I published in the journal BMC Public…
Do I really have to take these? Child with pills. djedzura/Shutterstock

Problem behaviour in children is not always a mental disorder

Children are increasingly being given drugs by doctors to help teachers and parents cope with their troublesome behaviour. Certain behaviours or actions by children, such as not sitting still, are being…
Bruises fade, but stress stays on. Teenager bullying image via Helder Almeida/Shutterstock

The health impact of childhood bullying can last a lifetime

It is still not clear how the experience of being bullied in childhood translates into long-lasting health problems. A new US study has found that victims of bullying have high levels of a protein in their…
British children are among the saddest. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Children are unhappy enough without cuts to youth services

It was reported last week that spending on youth services is down by one third, with some budgets cut by 78%. The cuts to youth service budgets have been called “disproportionate” by Tim Loughton, the…
Teen mental health problems are not a ‘life sentence’. Image from shutterstock.com

Half of teens outgrow depression and anxiety

Around half of teens who experience a brief episode of depression or anxiety do not go on to have a mental illness in adulthood…

Health problems run riot through youth justice system

Young people in custody or serving community-based orders suffer from depression, substance abuse and dependence at significantly…
A report has found 34% of young people serving a community-based order and 66% in custody have a substance abuse problem. Image from shutterstock.com

Better health services needed to break cycle of juvenile offending

Improving health services in the juvenile justice system and the community could reduce the risk of youth offenders repeating…
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott (centre) speaks to the media as Professor Patrick McGorry (right) and Senator Connie Fierravanti Wells look on during a press conference to launch the Liberal-National Party coalition plan for mental health. LISA MAREE WILLIAMS/AAP

Mental health is largely missing from the election campaign

Launching the Coalition’s policy for Efficient Mental Health Research and Services late last week, Tony Abbott said he wished all his policy statements attracted such media attention. Given the Australian…
The last ten years have seen the rise of therapies for young people that focus on family and wider social systems. Choo Yut Shing

DSM’s approach overlooks effective therapies for children

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a classification system for mental disorders produced by the American Psychiatric Association for the past 60 years…

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