Parents and students view a memorial marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Learning about a friend's suicide attempt appears to transform a distant idea into something very real. Should this change the way we talk about suicide?
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.
What motivates kids?
What role does a bit of recognition play for students?
Wagering on players can add a layer of excitement to a game that’s already full of drama.
For many, the marriage of two American pastimes – gambling and sports – can be almost impossible to resist.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer pumps his fist after besting Alabama in the Sugar Bowl this past January.
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For coaches like Ohio State's Urban Meyer, it's not just about X's and O's.
Mental health problems are common in young people but very few seek professional help.
The number of youth mental health centres known as headspace has rapidly expanded in the last decade. But we have yet to see evaluation of whether the services improve young people’s mental health.
Doomed to fail?
Only 1% of adolescent friendships last the distance - but could our schools be the real root of the problem?
The code of the suburbs dictates a different set of rules for dealing with conflict.
Why does suburban drug dealing tend to skirt the rampant violence of inner-city drug dealing?
Pitching injuries are on the rise.
Good pitching technique is often debated, but there may be subtle 'tells' in a pitcher's motion that indicate increased stress on the joints.
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.
Students’ academic goals play an important role in cheating.
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Is academic cheating inevitable? Not in classrooms where teachers emphasize mastery of content.
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?
Frustrated by having to keep up with false social norms?
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Think back to high school: everyone knew who was getting high or having sex or studying all day long, right? But what if we were all wrong?
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…
Labelling a young girl as “fat” increases the risk she will become obese in later life, according to a recent study. More…
Young adults and teenagers who listen to music that references alcohol may drink significantly more, new research suggests…
The brain develops differently in adolescents who experience depression, according to a new study. An MRI scanner was used…
Most young people expect to engage in a number of risky activities at schoolies.
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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…
A risk too far?
As a nation, we are drinking much more than we used to, which is partly attributable to alcohol being cheaper and more available than ever. Many British teenagers get into the habit early, although recent…
The last ten years have seen the rise of therapies for young people that focus on family and wider social systems.
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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…