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November 23, 2023
New research examines structural disadvantage in rangatahi Māori mental wellbeing
Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand has identified patterns of structural disadvantage experienced by rangatahi Māori, and looks at mental wellbeing and cultural connectedness.
October 19, 2023
Storytelling with our participants - a weekend shoe designed using data from Growing Up in New Zealand!
Young participants from Growing Up in New Zealand were invited to enter a quiz and for this data to be used to design a pair of shoes.
October 3, 2023
A tribute to Professor Richie Poulton of the Dunedin Study
Many of you have heard the sad news that Professor Richie Poulton has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was only 61. Richie was the Director of the Dunedin Study for 23 years. His passing is a sad loss for our social and health sciences. His work on the Dunedin Study and child poverty reduction was tireless. Our thoughts are with his wife, Dr Sandhya Ramrakha and their daughter Priyanka at this sad time.
September 12, 2023
Young people signing up for innovative new wellbeing research app
Almost 500 young people have signed up so far for an innovative new app, released by the University of Auckland, which is providing a new way for young people to share their stories and experiences of wellbeing.
August 29, 2023
Most young people feel okay about puberty, but more girls ‘embarrassed’
Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand looks at young people’s experiences of puberty such as physical development at age twelve, feelings about puberty, and access to free period products in schools. It shows most young people were either ‘not interested’ or felt positively about puberty, although there were differences by gender and by ethnicity.
August 24, 2023
Large survey of New Zealand teachers released today – new info on digital learning, classroom environments, bullying
The results of a survey of 775 New Zealand teachers have been published today by the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study. Teachers were asked about the classroom environment, how students were handling digital technology, and about online learning during lockdowns. They were also asked about their perceptions of students’ experiences of bullying and the results have been compared with young people’s own reports of being bullied.
August 1, 2023
New research on impacts of extreme weather events on young people
A new project looking at how the severe weather that hit many parts of the North Island earlier this year has impacted the wellbeing of young people starts today.
July 18, 2023
More disabled young people in New Zealand face inequities than previously known – research shows
Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand has found that more young people and families experience disability than shown before, and these young people are experiencing inequities in many areas of their lives leading researchers to recommend that disabled young people are made a priority across government.
June 28, 2023
Research shows the importance of extended family and whānau for young people
For the first time, young New Zealanders were asked about important adults in their lives, as well as about their relationships with parents and peers. This research showed about half of young people had a trusting relationship with an adult that wasn’t their parent, such as a grandparent, which researchers say illustrates the importance of wider whānau for young people.