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This list includes books, guides, information packages, booklets and pamphlets. These may be hardcopy or electronic publications.

In addition to the books listed here, Youth Studies Australia reviews youth sector books in each issue. 

The resources below are also listed in each of the topic headings.

Please note that these books are not for sale through ACYS. 


6 – Six mates, six stories

Topic: Health, wellbeing and development

A DVD and booklet from the City of Melville in Western Australia that highlights the experiences of six school friends. The scenarios range from universal dilemmas, such as dating etiquette, to less frequent experiences, such as incarceration.  


Adolescents, Alcohol, and Substance Abuse

Topic: Alcohol and other drugs

Edited by Peter M. Monti, Suzanne M. Colby, and Tracy A. O'Leary
Foreword by William R. Miller
Guilford Press, 2004
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-59385-090-6 
Hardcover: ISBN 978-1-57230-658-5 



Adolescents, families, and social development : how teens construct their worlds

Topic: Families, parenting and carers

Judith G. Smetana
Chichester, UK : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3251-3 



Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Topic: Mental health

Daniel F. Connor
Foreword by Russell A. Barkley 
Guilford Press, 2002 
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-59385-091-3
Hardcover: ISBN 978-1-57230-738-4   


Approaching youth studies : being, becoming, and belonging

Topic: Research

Kate Tilleczek
Don Mills, Ontario.; Oxford University Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780195427639 



Assessing and Managing Violence Risk in Juveniles

Topic: Violence

Randy Borum and David Verhaagen
Guilford Press, 2006
ISBN 978-1-59385-322-8   


Australian youth: Social and cultural issues

Topic: Subcultures

Pam Nilan, Roberta Julian and John Germov
Pearson Longman


Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Adolescents

Topic: Mental health

Edited by David A. Wolfe and Eric J. Mash
Guilford Press, 2005
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-60623-115-9 
Hardcover: ISBN 978-1-59385-225-2 



Brotherhood: Stories of Courage and Resilience

Topic: At-risk, disadvantaged youth

This book and workbook from the Brotherhood of St Laurence for use in Australian schools is set to give secondary students a deeper understanding of poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion in Australia. 



Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyberbullying

Topic: Bullying

S. Hinduja and J. Patchin
Corwin Press distributed by Footprint Press
ISBN: 9 781 412 966 894, RRP $78.00.  


Bullying in schools and what to do about it

Topic: Bullying

Revised and updated
Ken Rigby
ACER Press 2007
ISBN 0 86431 184 2


Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Topic: Bullying

Susan M. Swearer, Dorothy L. Espelage, and Scott A. Napolitano
Guilford Press, 2009
ISBN 978-1-60623-021-3



Case management for community practice

Topic: Youth work

Ed. Elizabeth Moore
Oxford University Press
2009; AUD$79.95
ISBN: 9780195562149, 448pp.  


Causes of Conduct Disorder and Juvenile Delinquency

Topic: Crime and justice

Edited by Benjamin B. Lahey, Terrie E. Moffitt, and Avshalom Caspi
Foreword by David P. Farrington and Rolf Loeber 
Guilford Press, 2003
ISBN 978-1-57230-881-7 



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Today

Topic: Mental health

Editors Catherine Jackson, Kathryn Hill and Paula Lavis
Published by Pavilion Publishing
ISBN: 978 1 84196 226 9 

This handbook introduces the subject to the wide array of frontline workers in health, education and social services who have regular contact with children and young people, and need some knowledge of the mental health issues that affect them, and the services available. 



Child and Adolescent Suicidal Behavior

Topic: Suicide

David N. Miller
Foreword by Alan L. Berman 
Guilford Press, 2011
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-60623-996-4
eBook: ISBN 978-1-60623-997-1 



Child poverty, evidence and policy

Topic: At-risk, disadvantaged youth

Nicola A. Jones, Andy Sumner
The Policy Press
ISBN 9781847424457



Cognitive-Behavioural Case Management in Early Psychosis: A Handbook

Topic: Mental health

ISBN 978-0-9805541-7-5

Available from Orygen Youth Health, this Handbook is a practical guide to implementing cognitive-behavioural case management (CBCM) for young people with early psychosis.



Collaborative Brief Therapy with Children

Topic: Mental health

The Guilford Press, 2010; pp. 332
ISBN : 978-1-60623-568-3  


Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children: Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention

Topic: Mental health

M.J.England & L.J.Sim
National Academies Press, 2010; pp. 488
ISBN : 978-0-309-12178-1   


Digital youth : the role of media in development

Topic: Technology and communication

Kaveri Subrahmanyam, David Smahel
New York ; London : Springer, c2011.
ISBN: 9781441962775



DIY Reality - Recipes to transform and inspire

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

From the Youth Action Policy Association NSW (YAPA), this book features stories of young people making a difference in their communities by organising community events and projects.



Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents

Topic: Mental health

J.R.Weisz & A.E.Kazdin
The Guilford Press , 2010; pp. 602  (2nd edition)
ISBN : 978-1-59385-974-9   


Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychopathy

Topic: Mental health

Editors: R.T.Salekin & D.R.Lynam 
The Guilford Press , 2010; pp. 450
ISBN : 978-1-60623-682-6  


How to be Angry - Anger Management Skills for Kids

Topic: Health and wellbeing

Author: Signe Whitson

How to Be Angry is a complete social-emotional curriculum that provides step-by-step guidelines for educators, counselors, social workers, youth care professionals, and parents to help small groups of kids develop specific anger management and assertive emotional expression skills. Materials cover ages from young children through to teenagers.



In Their Own Hands: Can young people change Australia?

Topic: Participation, citizenship and volunteering

Authors: Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black
ACER Press, 2011 



Increasing Awareness of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Topic: Mental health

Editors: E.Garralda, J.P.Raynaud Lanham, Jason Aronson , 2010, pp. 338
Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN : 978-0-7657-0662-1 



Issues of our time

Topic: Future studies

Edited by Helen Sykes Future Leaders 2008
ISBN: 9780980332018, 192pp.  


Moral panics over contemporary children and youth

Topic: Attitudes and opinions

Charles Krinsky (Northeastern University, USA)
Ashgate Publishing
ISBN 978-0-7546-7465-8  


Navigating Teenage Depression A guide for parents and professionals

Topic: Mental health

First symptoms of depression often occur during teenage years, and it can be a disturbing and confusing time for families as well as the teenager themselves. How can you tell whether it's just typical teenage ups and downs that will pass, or something more serious? How can we reliably identify and support teenagers with depression?  


Normal is the only way to be: Adolescent perspectives on gender and school

Topic: Sexuality and gender

Wayne Martino & Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
UNSW Press.
2005, $22.75



Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits, Practices

Topic: Care and protection

Edited by Debra King and Gabrielle Meagher
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781920899295

Care for Australia's children and elderly is provided in a mixed economy, in which for-profit providers are playing an increasingly important role alongside more traditional government and non-government organisations. Does the growth of for-profit provision affect the quality of services or of jobs in paid care? Does it change the political dynamics of the social care sector in contemporary welfare states? How might service users, their families, and organisations work together to sustain and improve the quality of care services? What theories and evidence help us to understand the process and consequences of the shift toward for-profit provision of social care? In nine chapters by leading researchers, this book explores these and other questions, to inform policy and practice in this key field of social policy.



Persistent young offenders

Topic: Crime and justice

David Lobley (formerly of Lancaster University, UK) and David Smith (Lancaster University
Ashgate Publishing
ISBN 978-0-7546-4183-4  


Reaching High: A program promoting positive approaches to learning differences

Topic: Education and training

Lyn Loger with Stuart Robins, Damien Tinker and Andrew Skinner
Connect Publications, 2006, 120pp., plus DVD
ISBN: 9780980313307  


Reasons for living: Education and young people's search for meaning, identity and spirituality. A handbook

Topic: Religion and spirituality

Marisa Crawford & Graham Rossiter
ACER Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780864316134  


Social Work Under Pressure

Topic: Youth work

How to Overcome Stress, Fatigue and Burnout in the Workplace
Kate van Heugten



Supporting Traumatized Children and Teenagers: A Guide to Providing Understanding and Help

Topic: Mental health

A. Dyregrov London
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010; pp. 240
ISBN : 978-1-84905-034-0  


The other side of blue: What we learn through overcoming adversity

Topic: Mental health

Edited by Michael Colling
Finch Publishing


Understanding Peer Influence in Children and Adolescents

Topic: Peer relationships

Editors: M.J.Prinstein & K.A.Dodge
The Guilford Press , 2010; pp. 255
ISBN : 978-1-60623-647-5  


Young disabled people

Topic: Disabilities

Sonali Shah (University of Leeds)
Ashgate Publishing
ISBN 978-0-7546-7422-1  


Youth and society: Exploring the social dynamics of youth experience

Topic: Subcultures

Rob White & Johanna Wyn (2nd ed.)
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195551334; 320 pages  


Youth drinking cultures

Topic: Alcohol and other drugs

Margaretha Järvinen (University of Copenhagen and Danish National Institute of Social Research, Denmark) and Robin Room (University of Melbourne)
Ashgate Publishing
ISBN 978 0 7546 4996 0  


Youth health and welfare: The cultural politics of education and wellbeing

Topic: Health, wellbeing and development

Johanna Wyn
Oxford University Press
2009; AUD$59.95
ISBN: 9780195560466, 162pp.  


Youth in Crisis?: Gangs, Territoriality and Violence

Topic: Crime and justice

Edited by Barry Goldson
2011 Routledge
ISBN 0-203-83200-0



Youth work process, product and practice: Creating an authentic curriculum in work with young people

Topic: Youth work

Jon Ord
Russell House Publishing 2007; UK£19.95
ISBN: 9781905541119, 130pp.  


Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)

LSIC has released its summary report from Wave 5, which covers a wide range of topics related to the lives of Indigenous children in urban, rural and remote centres around the country, with a particular focus on early education, Indigenous languages and multiple disadvantages. The study aims to improve the understanding of, and policy response to, the diverse circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities. See more

03 Mar 2015

The Teenage Dream Unravels: Trends in youth unemployment

One of the reports from the Brotherhood of St Laurence 1st Youth Unemployment Monitor for 2015 describes how the dreams of Australia’s unemployed youth are being shattered as the nation’s unemployment rate overall climbs. More than 290,000 Australians aged 15 to 24 were categorised as unemployed in January. Worst hit were the 15 to 19-year-olds, with the unemployment rate for this group hitting 20 per cent – a level not seen since the mid-1990s. see more

03 Mar 2015

Preventing Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities: Integrating A Human Rights Perspective

The paper examines these issues in the context of the agenda to prevent violence against women and children. It examines conceptual understandings of violence against women, and argues that we need to broaden the current way of thinking about how we frame what violence against women encompasses. It highlights the critical need to understand and respect the complexity and specificity of gendered disability violence. In positioning violence against women as a form of discrimination, this paper recognises the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that combine to significantly heighten the risk and likelihood of women and girls with disabilities experiencing gendered disability violence. In so doing, it reflects an understanding that violence against women, as a form of discrimination, is not just a matter of ‘intergender inequality’ between women and men, but also a matter of ‘intragender inequality’ among women. See more

03 Mar 2015

Students’ enthusiasm for school wanes over time, Gallup Poll shows

A poll measuring Australian school students’ levels of hope, wellbeing and engagement shows that students’ level of enthusiasm for school wanes as they progress into the higher grades, and only one-third of respondents believe that they will get a good job.


The Gallup Student Poll was conducted among 7,300 students in years five to 12 across Australia in September last year. See more 

02 Mar 2015

Young people exposing themselves to unsafe sound levels

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Data from studies in middle- and high-income countries analysed by WHO indicate that nearly 50% of 12–35-year-olds are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from the use of personal audio devices and around 40% are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events.

Ahead of International Ear Care Day on 3 March, the WHO has launched a Make Listening Safe initiative to draw attention to the dangers of unsafe listening and promote safer practices. See more

02 Mar 2015

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