Topical Articles and Research
An introduction to the impacts of trauma on child development at different ages, covering:
- What behaviours you might observe at different stages of a child’s development
- How trauma might be affecting young people’s mental well-being and overall health
- What you can do to support children in response to their experiences of trauma.
- Devices form a big part of our daily lives, but their presence can affect the quality of sleep in many ways – some effects might surprise you. Here’s how you can guide young people to switch off – and get a good night’s sleep – at bedtime.
How Technology Impacts Your Sleep and What To Do About It, published 2018
- Student expectations on whether they can undertake tertiary education or training can influence their motivation to achieve at school, and young people from households experiencing disadvantage are most at risk of poorer educational outcomes.
Fewer teenagers plan on further study, with disadvantaged teens most at risk, published August 2018
- Young people with an immigrant background face unique challenges in school environments. While there are risks to their education outcomes, there are also protective factors that contribute to a remarkable demonstration of resilience.
The Resilience of Students with an Immigrant Background, published March 2018
- The onset of puberty triggers major changes in the development of the brain, providing parents and adults with a care-giving role with a critical window to influence long-term health and well-being outcomes.
The Adolescent Brain: A second window of opportunity, published 2017
- What peer-led code of conduct motivates young people’s behaviour on social media, and how can parents and adults encourage positive decision making online?
The Moral Web: Youth Character, Ethics and Behaviour, published 2017
- When encouraging children and young people to embrace a growth mindset, these practical examples of how to give effective praise can help the process along.
How Parents Can Instill a Growth Mindset at Home, published 2017
- The Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (NSW) asked young people what violence means to them, where it happens, and what they think needs to be done to protect them. Here’s what they said.
Consultations with children and young people about violence: what children had to say, published December 2017
- It can be challenging looking after yourself if you’re a grandparent or kinship carer, how can you balance your responsibilities for the children in your care as well as yourself?
Being a Grandparent or Kinship Carer: a guide, published 1 August 2017
- A warm and positive mindset from a maternal role model can help healthy frontal lobe development for young male teenagers living in disadvantaged areas.
Role of Positive Parenting in the Association Between Neighborhood Social Disadvantage and Brain Development Across Adolescence, published August 2017
- Self-harm in young people is associated with a higher risk of substance abuse in adulthood, as is increased anxiety and social disadvantage.
Twenty-year outcomes in adolescents who self-harm show worrying levels of substance abuse by age 35, published 11 July 2017
- Just the right amount – balancing too much time spent playing electronic games with too little.
Electronic games: how much is too much for kids?, published 7 July 2017
- Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy opportunities.
Does money affect children’s outcomes? An update, published July 2017
- Stress may be more commonly experienced in disadvantaged areas, but positive management of disagreements with your child can help negate any long-term negative effects.
Growing up in disadvantaged areas may affect teens’ brains, but good parenting can help, published 22 June 2017
- How does domestic and family violence affect children’s relationships with their parents? What impacts does this have for children’s learning and life outcomes?
Domestic and family violence and parenting: Mixed method insights into impact and support needs, published June 2017
- Toxic stress – we’ve heard about it, but how much do you know about how it affects your brain and body?
How childhood stress can knock 20 years off your life, published 29 April 2017
2016 and earlier
- Children in care have typically suffered significant trauma, but you don’t have to be in care to have experiences of trauma. What do we know about the impacts of trauma on brain development, and what might this mean for the support we provide?
The effect of trauma on the brain development of children, published June 2016
- Kids with a growth mindset are more likely to persist when faced with challenges.
8 ways to encourage a growth mindset in kids, published 17 November 2015
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