'We need a new approach to boosting young peoples' health'

'A quiet revolution'

AT THE beginning of the 21st century, academic research, policies and intervention studies were all driven by the premise that the key health issues for young people were physical fighting, early or risky sexual activity and substance misuse, including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

During the past decade, a quiet revolution has occurred as the prevalence of health-risk behaviours among young people has steadily and dramatically declined. 

A pattern that appears to be a

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