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Tweens and teens worry most about their family

Media release — December 2019

When Australian young people were asked what they worry about, the majority cited issues concerning their families, according to new research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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Safe on our roads? Teens and risky driving

Media release — December 2019

A national study of young Australian drivers aged 16-17 has found that 8 in 10 P-platers and more than half of learner drivers had engaged in some form of risky driving during their ten most recent driving trips.

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Australian teens not getting enough sleep

Media release — December 2019

A study of the sleep patterns of Australian children and adolescents has found that around a quarter of 12-15 year-olds and half of 16-17 year-olds are not getting enough sleep on school nights to meet national sleep guidelines.

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Gambling activity among Australian teenagers

Media release — December 2019

A new national study has found 16 per cent of Australian teenagers aged 16-17 years reported spending money on some form of gambling activity in the previous 12 months, with some gambling illegally because they were underage.

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Sex and romance in the teen years

Media release — November 2019

A national study has found two-thirds of Australian teenagers have been involved in a romantic relationship by the age of 16-17 years.

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One good friend can make teens more resilient

Media release — November 2019

A national study of 16-17 year-olds has found that having even one good friend can make all the difference when it comes to adolescents’ resilience.

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More young adults living at home with their parents

Media release — May 2019

More young people especially those in capital cities are choosing to stay at home and live with their parents in their early adulthood, according to the Australian Institute of Family Studies.


Most teenagers turn to parents and friends for help

Media release — November 2018

The vast majority of Australian adolescents seek help for their personal and emotional problems from their parents and friends rather than health professionals, according to new research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.


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