Working with Behavioural and Emotional Problems in Young People

Rosalyn Walker, Monique Robinson, Jenny Adermann, Marilyn Campbell

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This chapter outlines specific issues relating to behavioural and emotional problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. It describes the most common disorders and their consequences, and how young Aboriginal people are at higher risk for developing such problems than other young Australians. The chapter also discusses the importance of psychosocial, cultural and environmental issues that need to be recognised in assessing and treating Aboriginal young people with behavioural and emotional problems. Issues concerning the delivery of both universal and culturally responsive prevention and intervention programs to address social and emotional wellbeing and mental health are discussed and possible interventions to enhance student engagement at school are provided. Finally, a range of mental health services for Aboriginal families which offer a culturally responsive approach to mental health treatment are listed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice
EditorsPat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy, Roz Walker
PublisherAustralian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9775975-3-6
ISBN (Print)978-0-9579494-4-7
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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