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Health Promotion for Indigenous Youth: Priorities, Strategies, and Evidence

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There continues to be a disparity of health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in Australia and New Zealand. Due to the younger age profiles of Indigenous populations, promoting better health outcomes in childhood and adolescence has the potential to redress these population-level ...

There continues to be a disparity of health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in Australia and New Zealand. Due to the younger age profiles of Indigenous populations, promoting better health outcomes in childhood and adolescence has the potential to redress these population-level disparities in both the short- and long-term.

While youth in general tend to experience higher rates of mental illness, injury, substance use and sexually transmitted infections, Indigenous youth bear a double burden as a result of the personal and systemic legacies of colonization, dispossession, and discrimination.

Evidence from available systematic reviews on health promotion programs for Indigenous youth suggests that culturally tailored, multi-level, and community-inclusive approaches are needed. However, the quantity of research in this area is relatively limited, and study quality tends to be variable.

In order to build on the existing evidence base, this Research Topic welcomes research in the following areas:

• epidemiology of Indigenous youth health issues
• impact of childhood and adolescent health interventions on adult health outcomes
• Indigenous youth perspectives of health issues, priorities, and solutions
• the role of culture and identity in Indigenous youth health promotion
• the importance of developing holistic health promotion models involving families, peers, schools, community groups, and other institutions
• evaluations of health promotion programs aimed at Indigenous youth
• innovative methods for measuring the effectiveness of health promotion programs aimed at Indigenous youth.

Contributions are particularly encouraged from Indigenous researchers and researchers from diverse disciplines, including health, psychology, education, and social sciences.


Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, health promotion, youth, Maori


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