Young people/Rangatahi

Here, we summarise our research that covers issues relevant to young people and rangatahi in New Zealand.


Youth Mental Health Project: Spotlight on youth less well-served

Focuses on youth who aren't having their needs well met according to our evaluation of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP). Includes LGBT youth, youth with disabilities, youth at schools without YMHP services, and young people who have experienced major life traumas. Youth living in Christchurch also report higher risk factors than those living in other areas of the country.  


Youth Mental Health Project: Improving youth mental health - What has worked, what else could be done

Flags potential ways to improve mental health services and overcome barriers experienced by youth and providers, for example, addressing ongoing stigma around mental health, services being more connected and youth-friendly.


Going digital to deliver wellbeing services to young people

Looks at high-level findings on the most established types of digital tools for delivering wellbeing support, then digs deeper to learn about good practices from particular cases.


Preventing adolescent relationship abuse and promoting healthy relationships

Adolescence is a key time when many young people begin to experience romantic and sexual relationships. For some of these young people it also includes some form of violence and/or abuse, yet most intervention and prevention programmes target adults. This report is written by the Family Violence Clearinghouse, the funding for which was managed by Superu until November 2017.


Research summary: Journeys of resilience

Looks at how at-risk children and youth go on to achieve good employment and education outcomes, and investigates the key factors that contribute to these good outcomes. The full report can be viewed here.


Teen births in New Zealand: Fact Sheet

Summarises teenagers giving birth in New Zealand. Spoiler alert: fewer teenagers are giving birth. 


The wellbeing of New Zealand families and whanau: Demographic underpinnings

Investigates what's known about families of the past and today, and whether the demographic transition and resulting family changes have irrevocably altered the way that families perform.


Demographic overview of families in New Zealand

Presents a high level demographic overview of the family types used in the Families and Whānau Status Report 2015.


Addressing the challenges of stepfamily life

Looks at the major challenges of stepfamily life and the strategies that families use to address these challenges. Parents, stepparents and older stepchildren from 44 stepfamilies participated in the study. 


Effectiveness of relationship education programmes in schools for years 7–13

International evidence shows that school-based relationship violence prevention programmes are one of the few strategies that help prevent intimate partner violence. We looked at the evidence and relevant literature on ‘what works’ in school-based relationship education programmes both within New Zealand and internationally for years 7 – 13. 

Last update: 21 May 2018