Lifestyle risk behaviours among adolescents: a two-year longitudinal study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
This research examines changes in the prevalence of six key chronic disease risk factors (the 'Big 6'), from before (2019) to during (2021) the COVID-19 pandemic, among a large and geographically diverse sample of adolescents, and whether differences over time are associated with lockdown status...
Using data collected during 2013/14 and 2015/16 from the ongoing 'Ten to Men' study, this report provides valuable details about a diverse set of health conditions and behaviours among boys, male adolescents and adult men in Australia.
Support for young parents has been a neglected area of policy and practice development in Australia. However, there is now increased focus on addressing the needs of young parents and their children at both state and federal government levels. This literature review identifies key elements...
Increased risk taking, not loss tolerance, drives adolescents’ propensity to gamble more under peer observation
In the presence of peers, adolescents’ relative weighting of losses to gains (loss aversion) increases. This is good news for policy, suggesting that appealing to loss aversion should be especially effective at reducing harmful adolescent behaviours committed in the presence of peers.
The Young Australian Loneliness Survey is the first known study to examine loneliness severity in a large cohort of young Victorians aged 12 to 25 years. The main study aim was to examine the prevalence of loneliness and social isolation in adolescents (12–17 years old)...
This report explores the age of smoking initiation and transition into daily smoking using a nationally representative sample of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. The study examined the mean age of smoking initiation and transition into daily smoking as a whole and by...
This research report presents findings from an exploratory study about the extent and nature of digital self-harm among New Zealand teens. The report centres on the prevalence of digital self-harm (or self-cyberbullying) among New Zealand teens (aged 13-17), the motivations, and outcomes related to engaging...
This report details a program of research devised to address the VRGF questions about free‐to‐play mobile apps that mimic traditional gambling games. Although these products do not involve winning real money, they can involve winning free play‐time and thus replicate a critical element of real...
Exploring harms experienced by children aged 7 to 11 using ambulance attendance data: a 6-year comparison with adolescents aged 12-17
This article used 6 years (January 2012 to December 2017) of ambulance attendance data from the Australian state of Victoria to characterise mental health, self-injurious behaviour, and substance ingestion in children aged 7–11.
This context report surveys the field of AFV, providing definitions of AFV and related concepts, then giving overviews of research, the state of knowledge, policies and practice regarding AFV, what we know about AFV, and methodologies used to research it.
This Evidence Check review examined adolescents and young adults’ (AYAs) presentations to Emergency Departments. AYAs present primarily for musculoskeletal disorders, mental and behavioural disorders, and genitourinary, respiratory and infectious diseases and these differ proportionally among males and females. A number of ED presentations are avoidable...
This paper highlights findings from interviews with adolescents from separated families.