Health behaviours of young people

Health behaviours of young people2018-10-20T10:53:39+10:00

The health behaviours of young people are often dramatised in the media, with focus given to risk behaviours among the few. The fact is the health behaviours of young people in Australia continue to get better as our determinants of health (environmental, socioeconomic, sociocultural, individual) also improve for them.
The teacher note just before this dot point says:

When studying this core, emphasis should be on drawing from realistic contexts relevant to students. These include food habits, body image, physical activity, drug use, mental health, sexual health and road safety.

Many of these issues you have already examined through 7-10 PDHPE, but know you will think about them in more detail and are required to think more critically about society’s portrayal of the health behaviours of young people.
As you cover this dot point you will have to consider the current health status of young people as presented by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as well as growing your understanding of the protective and risk behaviours that exist around health. These protective and risk behaviours should be linked with specific health issues relevant for young people (i.e. you).

Students learn about:

Students learn to:

  • explore current research and information to:
    • identify the prevalence of and trends in the health behaviours of young people
    • challenge the accuracy of societal perceptions of the health behaviours of young people
  • identify protective and risk behaviours for health issues relevant to young people and predict how risk decreases or increases when multiple factors interact

Practice questions

Describe the current health status of young people in Australia.  4 marks
Identify protective and risk behaviours for a specific health issue relevant to Australia’s young people.  3 marks
Analyse societal perceptions of the health behaviours of young people in NSW.  6 marks