Study aims to reduce youth crime and drug abuse

A project aimed at reducing youth crime and drug abuse will be launched by Griffith University’s Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance director, Professor Ross Homel on Tuesday, July 18.

The Youth Development Research Project is a three-year Australian Research Council funded partnership between Griffith University and youth support organisation, Impact. It will examine how government and non-government youth organisations and programs promote positive development to reduce the risks of young people involved in crime and drug and alcohol abuse, or who are contemplating suicide.

Professor Homel said anecdotal evidence suggested that community-based youth development organisations were effective interventions for young people at risk of drug and alcohol misuse, suicide and crime.

“Mainstream programs can be as effective as specialist services in meeting the needs of young people who engage in risky behaviour,” he said.

“Empirical evidence suggests that a positive approach rather than one which focuses on youth problems or deficits can better address the risk and factors linked to negative outcomes for young people.”

Other youth development organisations which will participate in the project include: Surf Life Saving Queensland, Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association, Lions Club International District 201 Q1, Guides Queensland, Boys Brigade, Emergency Services Cadets, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Australia and the Queensland Scout Association of Australia.

WHAT: Youth Development Research Project launch

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18, 6pm.

WHERE: Gilshenan and Luton Lawyers, 13th floor, 259 Queen Street.