International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, 2015

Abstinence from Alcohol May Indeed Be the Best Policy: 32 Month Longitudinal Outcomes among Adolescents in the United Kingdom
IntroductionResearch has pointed to significant relationships between earlier initiation and later problematic misuse of alcohol (1-2). It has been suggested that the risk of alcohol related harm in adult life is inversely related to the age of alcohol...
Adolescent Involvement in Out-of-Control Parties: Social Media Responders' Perspectives on Underage Alcohol Consumption and Violent Antisocial Party Behaviours
IntroductionAdolescence is defined as being the transitional period between puberty (i.e., 11-13 years) and adulthood (i.e., 18-19 years) (1,2) during which it is commonplace for adolescents to challenge some of society's mores of acceptable behaviour....
A Review of Intervention Programs That Assist the Transition for Adolescence into High School and the Prevention of Mental Health Problems
IntroductionFor adolescents, the transition from primary school (junior school) into high school (secondary school) is a stressful life event, and coincides with major developmental changes. This transition is a crucial time frame for establishing positive...
Benefits of Getting Hooked on Sports or the Arts: Examining the Connectedness of Youth Who Participate in Sport and Creative Arts Activities
IntroductionPositive Youth Development researchers have suggested that when an individual's strengths or competencies are aligned with developmental resources across various contexts, the results are mutually beneficial for communities and the individual...
Bullying Behaviour Following Students' Transition to a Secondary Boarding School Context
IntroductionAdolescence is a developmental stage in life that is associated with major cognitive, emotional, physiological and social change. Adolescence coincides with the onset of puberty and is typically described by parents as a period in which they...
Bullying, Cyberbullying, Depression and Suicide Ideation among Youth: Comparing Online to Paper-and-Pencil Questionnaires
IntroductionBullying, cyberbullying, depression and suicide ideation are major concerns regarding adolescents, particularly given that suicide is the third leading cause of death among American adolescents (1). Moreover, depression and suicide ideation...
Collaborative Practice Development to Improve Clinical Outcomes for Adolescents with Co-Occurring Mental Illness, Substance Use and Impulse Control Disorders
IntroductionIncreasingly mental health and drug and alcohol services are required to triage, assess and treat adolescents who present with complex comorbidities. The comorbid presentation can be a combination of any mental illness (particularly depression...
Description and Preliminary Investigation of Family TIES (Training in Essential Skills), a Strategy for Treating Youth Aggression and Related Problems in a Social Services Agency
IntroductionA growing body of research demonstrates that cognitive behavioural treatments are effective for treating youth aggression and related problems (1), their efficacy further established in meta-analyses (2, 3). In a review of juvenile justice...
Developing Well-Being in Australian Youth: Contingencies of Self-Esteem
IntroductionSelf-esteem has emerged as a popular solution to issues in childhood and adolescence within Australia. This trend has emerged on the back of the "self-esteem movement" in the United States of America (USA) in the 1970s (1), and the belief...
Goals and Life Plans of Adolescents Studying in Integration Classes in Poland
IntroductionThe transitional period between adolescence and adulthood is characterised as being a time of major change. While developmental transformations occur in all spheres of adolescent functioning (physiological, social, emotional and cognitive)...
'I Don't Do It to Be Deviant It's Just Unfortunate That It's Illegal': Prolific Graffiti Offenders' Perspectives on What It Would Take to Stop Them from Writing Graffiti Illegally on the Streets
IntroductionGraffiti is a divisive issue within society. For instance, people who view graffiti in a positive light consider it to be an urban art-form that provides writers with an anti-establishment platform for a) expressing their opposition to society's...
Loneliness, Reputational Orientations and Positive Mental Well-Being during Adolescence
IntroductionLoneliness has been defined as a negative or distressing feeling that accompanies the perception that one's social needs are not being met by the quantity or quality of one's social relationships (1), and in some instances it can become a...
'Out on the Street It's like a Brotherhood of Sorts': The Commonality of Violent Offending within Scottish and Australian Street-Orientated Youth Subcultures
IntroductionClearly, not all young people who 'hang-out' together in groups are involved in deviant activities. Despite this reality, even congregations of socially conforming young people engender public concern and are frequently misconstrued as being...
Places and Spaces
IntroductionIn this special edition of the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health a range of interesting and diverse articles are presented, which demonstrate the importance of the psychosocial domain to adolescents, as well as the need...
The Development of Early Onset, Chronic, and Versatile Offending: The Role of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Mediating Factors
IntroductionIt has been hypothesized that there are at least five pathways to adolescent serious and violent offending (SVOs), which include a prenatal risk factor pathway, a personality disorder pathway, an extreme child temperament pathway, a childhood...
The Social and Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health Implications for Adolescents Transitioning to Secondary Boarding School
IntroductionFor the boarding student, the primary to secondary school transition involves coping with multiple changes simultaneously. For many this transition will incorporate their first time away from home as well as their first encounter with a secondary...
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