Family conflict, alcohol & other drugs, body image: 3 major concerns
Mission Australia’s fifth “National Survey (pdf) of Young Australians” has had a response from over 14,700 young people, aged 11-24 (95% between 11-19). They were asked to rank 12 different issues.
It seems the 2006 picture is more complex than previous years with no standout issues. Instead a large number of isses are of concern to at least one in four people. With the volatility from year to year and the diverse range of backgrounds clearly ‘one-size-fits-all approaches won’t work!
Where did the responses come from?
About the highest rankings
The report confirms that young people want to feel needed and valued and be independent, especially as they enter their twenties. What they value most highly are families and friends – this is where they overwhelmingly turn for for advice and support.
The survey continues to show that young Australians are actively involved in their communities through activities such as sport, the arts and volunteering.
The priority issues listed in the report’s executive summary
“Where to from here?” asks the report, stating that the need is clear. Governments, communities and business share the responsibility.
Information such as this is a fantastic tool for parents, families, schools, community groups and employers – as well as policy and program providers – to use to help balance the ‘triple bottom line’ – business success and job opportunities while caring for the environment and socio-cultural concerns ie a ‘sustainable future’ for Australia. Does it strike a chord with you?