Australian teens pressured to ‘sext’

Teenage boys and girls report experiencing media and peer pressure to share sexual images via mobile phones, a practice known as ‘sexting’. Preliminary findings from a University of Melbourne study revealed young people believe a highly sexualised media culture bombarded them with sexualised images, creating pressure to engage in sexting. The boys interviewed for the.. Read more

Teen girls more vulnerable to negative effects of binge drinking

A study examining gender-specific influences of binge drinking on spatial working memory (SWM) has found that female teens may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of heavy alcohol use. Binge or ‘heavy episodic’ drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol’s effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use.. Read more