2017

Providing current research to our members is a strategic priority for the Alliance. We deliver access to valuable resources and anaylsis of the latest research findings relevant to educators of girls. Academic research and reports by governments, universities and major organisations are summarised for members, highlighting themes and topics of particular relevance to the education of girls, including: academic performance, mental health, leadership, neuroscience, single-sex education, STEM, wellbeing, and work and careers.

Access is restricted to member schools. For more information or member access, please contact Loren Bridge (t) +61 7 5521 0749 (e) [email protected]

Overparenting and homework: The student’s task, but everyone’s responsibility (Locke, Kavanagh & Campbell, 2016)

An Australian study has found that parents who become too heavily involved in their child’s homework can hinder their child’s development. Lead researcher, Dr Judith Locke, a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Clinical Psychologist, says that some parents take the notion of assisting with their child’s homework “too far” and…
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New Zealand report on adolescent relationship abuse and promoting healthy relationships (Beres, 2017)

A report by Dr Melanie Beres, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Otago has found that despite violence and abuse in adolescent relationships constituting a serious problem in many countries, most intervention and prevention programs target adults. She argues that a better understanding of adolescent relationship violence and…
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Longitudinal trends in anxiety (Calling et al., 2017)

A Swedish study of anxiety in people aged 16 to 71 has reported a dramatic increase in anxiety in young females aged 16-23 between 1980 and 2005. While anxiety increased in most age groups over the 25-year period, the study authors say that clinical efforts should focus on females aged…
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The harm done to children accessing pornography on the internet (Flood, 2016)

Dr Michael Flood, who in 2003 co-authored the first Australian research to examine children’s and young people’s exposure to pornography, argues that: “The consumption of pornography is intensifying sexist and violence-supportive attitudes and behaviours among children and adults alike. Urgent action is needed – by governments, community services, parents, and…
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Adolescents and pornography: A review of 20 years of research (Peter & Valkenburg, 2016)

A review of twenty years of research on adolescents and pornography by Dutch researchers has found that frequent adolescent users of pornography are more pubertally mature, sensation-seeking males with weak or troubled family relations. Pornography use is also associated with “more permissive sexual attitudes and stronger gender-stereotypical sexual beliefs”, and…
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