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Latest health and wellbeing research about 11-16 year olds with over 50 links including ...
"Should young people be paid for chlamydia screening?"
... and ...
"Is there an association between exposure to images of alcohol use in movies and binge drinking among adolescents?"
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Youngsters eat more veg less crisps

A new report from SHEU, Food: Now and Then, shows a declining trend (1987-2010) of youngsters who report eating crisps (also seen in other research) and a rising trend (1999-2010) of youngsters who report eating vegetables.
Follow the link for more details Food: Now and Then
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Self-esteem, research and young people

SHEU carry out research and provide Internet links to studies about young people's health and wellbeing.
Measurements of self-esteem are often included in the study papers and perhaps no other topic has produced so many, often conflicting, theories.  

To help you on your voyage of discovery, SHEU's latest list of Internet links should set you off in the right direction.

Young people enjoy school lessons

SHEU asked young people, "How many lessons do you enjoy at school?"

Data from 51,498 10-15 year olds show that the majority report enjoying 'most' or 'about half' of their school lessons.

Follow this link for a pdf of a page with more details from the "Young People into 2011" report.

This item is from the file "positive stories about young people from SHEU that have not yet received media attention".


Cricket helping bad behaviour and the brain structure of video gamers

Each month you can receive the SHEU research resource emails about young people's health and wellbeing.
This month's email about 11-16 year olds has many links including:

"Teachers looking for calmer classrooms, more tolerant, respectful and well-behaved pupils should introduce cricket, according to new research."
... and ...
"This small study analysed a part of the brain associated with rewards and decision-making and showed that the grey matter of this area was larger in frequent video game players compared to infrequent players."

"Students and mental health" - from the SHEU research resource

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"Students and mental health" appeared in October on the NHS Health News website. The authors analysed a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Follow this link to find the above research and other new research about 16+ year olds



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Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.
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