Aotearoa New Zealand Research

The Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand strongly endorses the value of research to inform clinical care, policies, and interventions with young people.  This page is intended to inform and highlight recent research that is relevant to our clinical and advocacy work.

The Collaborative Trust in Canterbury is a great source for youth health training, research, and policy expertise.

Check out YouthSay which has three major projects, two completed Youth Pathways and the Transitions project, and their new project the Relational Youthways for Change: New Futures for Youth with Complex Needs.

Have a look at the Youth Wellbeing Study Undertaken at Victoria University

Two very important longitudinal developmental studies are the Christchurch Health & Development Study and the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.

For the yet-to-be adolescent, Growing Up in New Zealand is a new longitudinal cohort of children currently underway at the University of Auckland.

For Pacific health and wellbeing studies on families and development check out the website at AUT.

Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey and its subsequent studies are well worth reading. The Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG) carried out the following Youth2000 surveys in 2001, 2007, and 2012 with a total of over 27,000 young people from New Zealand high schools, kura kaupapa Māori, alternative education and teen parent units. Youth19 builds on this work, retaining core Youth2000 questions and methods, that will allow the group to track stability and change over time. They are also examine emerging topics (such as social media and vaping).

Further research published by the Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG):

As part of engagement with children and young people for the Children’s Commissioners October 2021 What Makes a Good Life? Summary Report, the Commissioner heard from 474 disabled children and young people through surveys and face-to-face engagements. They heard from disabled children and young people, four key insights into what a good life meant for them, and what got in the way of experiencing a good life.