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Most young people expect to engage in a number of risky activities at schoolies. Most young people expect to engage in a number of risky activities at schoolies. Image from shutterstock.com

Sex, drugs and alcohol: what really goes on at schoolies?

After finishing year 12, more than 50,000 young Australians attend schoolies celebrations, with most ending up on the Gold Coast. Other schoolies (or “leavers”, as they’re known in Western Australia) head…
There’s an emerging body of research focusing on the potential positive influences of video games. There’s an emerging body of research focusing on the potential positive influences of video games. Rebecca Pollard

Beyond the beat-em-up: video games are good for young people

Research and media attention has usually focused on possible negative impacts of video games. But a clear case to support such links is yet to emerge and even people who argue that video games have a negative…
Industry insiders spoke of how mainstream porn has moved from being ‘lovey dovey’ in the mid-1990s to rough and aggressive. Industry insiders spoke of how mainstream porn has moved from being ‘lovey dovey’ in the mid-1990s to rough and aggressive. Cher Amio/Flickr

Aggressive and debasing: the real issues in porn debates

It’s a well-worn political trick that you caricature and call your opponents names when you don’t want to engage with the substance of their claims. In debates about porn, pornography advocates often seek…
Young people are uniquely vulnerable to bullying – as both victims and perpetrators. Young people are uniquely vulnerable to bullying – as both victims and perpetrators. kid-josh/Flickr

How can we protect young people from cyberbullying?

The recent arrest by Canadian police of two young people who allegedly shared a photo of a young woman being sexually assaulted has once again highlighted the danger that social media can pose for teenagers…
The latest research has found that quite a lot of young people are accessing sexually explicit material. The latest research has found that quite a lot of young people are accessing sexually explicit material. Alejandro Lorenzo

Do we need to protect young people from porn?

Porn. Just utter the word aloud and hearts pound, pulses quicken, and minds start racing. Depending on the context, these effects may be the result of concern for young people’s well-being rather than…
Children who go through puberty early have poorer mental health than their peers. But it’s not a simple case of cause and effect. Children who go through puberty early have poorer mental health than their peers. But it’s not a simple case of cause and effect. Image from shutterstock.com

Growing up too fast: early puberty and mental illness

Puberty has long been recognised as a transition point in which many emotional and behavioural problems emerge. These include depression and anxiety, substance use and abuse, self-harm and eating disorders…
Young people should be left alone with their doctor for at least part of each consultation. Young people should be left alone with their doctor for at least part of each consultation. Image from shutterstock.com

Sex, drugs and illness: why teens need medical confidentiality

What qualities do you most want your doctor to have? Good medical knowledge? Honesty? Good listening skills? Empathy? You probably want your doctor to have all of these traits – and teenagers are no different…
Strict regulation of children’s sexual knowledge can increase prejudice about differences. Strict regulation of children’s sexual knowledge can increase prejudice about differences. Kim Cofino

Storks, cabbage patches, and the birds and the bees – our broken sex education system

In the fields of gender, sexuality, and sexual health research, it’s a no-brainer that sex education should start early, and that sex should be discussed often – both in schools and at home. But instead…
Researchers found early and persistent cannabis users showed an eight-point decline in IQ compared to those who hadn’t used cannabis in this way. Researchers found early and persistent cannabis users showed an eight-point decline in IQ compared to those who hadn’t used cannabis in this way. Jonah G.S.

Teen cannabis use lowers IQ, despite claims to the contrary

A study published today in the scholarly journal PNAS questions the conclusion of a paper from last year that was widely seen as greatly strengthening the evidence that regular cannabis use beginning in…
As an adolescent and child psychiatrist, I dispense all sorts of labels – but what do they mean? As an adolescent and child psychiatrist, I dispense all sorts of labels – but what do they mean? emildom

Psychiatric labels and kids: benefits, side-effects and confusion

MATTERS OF THE MIND – a series which examines the clinician’s bible for diagnosing mental disorders, the DSM, and the controversy surrounding the forthcoming fifth edition. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist…

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Boys to receive Gardasil HPV vaccine

Boys are likely be offered subsidised vaccinations against the sexually transmitted, wart and cancer-causing human papillomavirus…

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