International Youth Development Study

Aims and Objectives

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    The International Youth Development Study aims to improve the lives of young people by:

    • Understanding how families, schools, communities and peer groups influence young people's behaviour in terms of school performance, mental health and substance use. 
    • Determining whether or not young people in Victoria and Washington State report similar healthy and problem behaviours.
    • Investigating the effects of different school substance use policies on student behaviour and examining the impact of school discipline approaches on student behaviour, wellbeing and educational outcomes. This will allow us to help schools develop guidelines that will best support students' health.
    • Investigating the effects of school discipline approaches and school climate on teacher wellbeing. This will allow us to help schools develop guidelines that will support teachers' health which, in turn, will increase their capacity to support students.
    • Investigating which factors early in life influence behaviour and experiences in young adulthood.