Young people

Growing up too fast: Early puberty and mental illness

Short article— 5 April 2013

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.

Taking a longer view of contact

Short article— 7 March 2013

Understanding the factors that lead to good decision-making in post-separation parenting arrangements is critical to ensure that outcomes for children are as positive as possible. But what do we know about children’s own views on the success or otherwise of these decisions?

Peer sexual assault

Short article— 6 February 2013

The issue of children and young people demonstrating problematic sexual behaviours – or acting abusively to other young people (who may be younger, or a similar age) – is complex.

Is resilience still a useful concept when working with children and young people?

Short article— 11 April 2012

CFCA Paper No. 2 reviews some of the complexities and issues surrounding the concept of resilience in order to ascertain its usefulness for practitioners working with children.

The paper offers a brief history of the research as well as an investigation of how resilience is defined, measured and used in practice.

The key messages of this paper are:

  • Although there are many varied definitions of resilience, most suggest that it involves children displaying competent functioning despite exposure to high levels of risk or adversity.

Family Relationships Quarterly No. 18

AFRC Newsletter No. 18 — March 2011

Articles include: communication with young people in a family services setting; investigating gender differences in romantic relationships

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