Entries by Rachel Chapman

Resilient Rangatahi

Sooner or later everyone will have to face difficulties during their life. Being able to cope with, and even benefit from, these times is important for development. The ability to do this is often called ‘resilience’.    But, what do we mean by ‘resilience’? And how can parents, whānau, teachers or others working with rangatahi (young people) support them to develop it? […]

Understanding adolescents who have experienced early adversity

A number of children in New Zealand experience adversity during their early years, such as chaotic or violent family environments, abuse, neglect, poverty, and parental substance use. These adverse experiences can contribute to a number of difficulties for them, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It’s important that teachers and others working with adolescents understand […]

Brainwave Review Issue 27: Supporting and understanding the teenage years

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review gives you insight into supporting and understanding the teenage years. The first article Rethinking Teen Drinking explores what the research indicates around alcohol use in the teenage years.  Adolescence is an exciting and important time in development; there are many opportunities, but there are also some risks. A tricky issue for almost every parent is alcohol. Everyone […]

Re-thinking teen drinking

Adolescence is an exciting and important time in development; there are many opportunities, but there are also some risks. A tricky issue for almost every parent is alcohol. Everyone has an opinion about the age teens should start drinking, and how much influence their parents should wield.  To read the full article, click here