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Kiwi students having sex later but riskier – In the news

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 4th, 2016.

New Zealand high school students are now more likely to delay sexual activity, but they are less prepared to practice consistent safe sex, new research suggests. A new study by researchers at the University of Auckland, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, drew from the Youth2000 survey series which has surveyed over […]

Cannabis and IQ debate in the media

John Kerr posted in on January 15th, 2013.

A Norwegian economist has questioned the findings of a highly publicised New Zealand study which found a causal link between heavy adolescent cannabis use and a decrease in IQ. However, the authors of the original research have backed their conclusions in the ensuing media coverage. Research published last year, based on data from the Dunedin […]

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Teen cannabis IQ impact questioned – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 15th, 2013.

Heavy cannabis use during the teenage years may not be directly responsible for lower IQ, says a researcher questioning the findings of a highly-publicised New Zealand study. However, the authors of the original study remain confident in their findings. Research based on the internationally-renowned Dunedin longitudinal study drew a causal link last year between adolescent […]

NZ ranks poorly in adolescent mortality and suicide – study

John Kerr posted in on April 26th, 2012.

Leading medical journal The Lancet has published a special series of articles focusing on adolescent health, including an international comparison of health and mortality data which highlights New Zealand’s poor ranking in youth suicide and death statistics. The 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population Development, which has an adolescent health theme takes […]

Govt boosts youth spending to increase resilience of teens

Kent posted in on April 4th, 2012.

Government proposals to spend $62 million on mental health issues among the nation’s young people includes money budgeted for schools, online, in communities and in the health system. Prime Minister John Key told the University Youth Health and  Wellbeing Symposium in Wellington on April 4 that the nation’s  youth mental health system had some weaknesses […]

3 News/NZPA: Call for earlier focus to help troubled youth

Peter Griffin posted in on August 16th, 2010.

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has said that we need to focus more on young children (under 6), as that is the period in which their ability to cope with life later on, is determined. He also says that a more integrated approach is needed between health, education and social welfare, and that more targeted efforts […]

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