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Sexual relationship education should be in schools – Katie Fitzpatrick

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 10th, 2017.

Schools can’t be to blame for student chatter on Facebook, but there is an opportunity for young people to learn about healthy relationships at school, writes Rutherford Discovery Fellow Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick. An excerpt (read in full): This opportunity is in health education classes. It is not up to (or possible for) schools to […]

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 […]

Biological marker for depression in teens – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 18th, 2014.

Teenage boys who show a combination of depressive symptoms and elevated levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol are up to fourteen times more likely to develop major depression than those who show neither trait, according to new research. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the […]

Govt boosts youth spending to increase resilience of teens

Peter Griffin 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 […]

More screen exposure = worse relationships for teens

Peter Griffin posted in on March 2nd, 2010.

University of Otago researchers have discovered that  increased exposure time either to television or computer screens amongst teenagers is linked with poorer relationships with their parents and peers. On the other hand, teenagers who spent more time doing their homework or reading had higher levels of attachment to their parents. Published in the Archives of […]

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