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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Health and Well-being for Young People

Building Resilience and Empowerment

ISBN 9780230390263
Publication Date June 2016
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Ethical beliefs, direct personal experiences, and the knowledge we accumulate from sources such as TV dramas, magazines and social media all shape our ideas about health and wellbeing. In this highly engaging new book, Colin Goble and Natasha Bye-Brooks bring the focus to young people, particularly adolescents, and explore the main challenges in creating and maintaining a society where young people can thrive, both physically and mentally.

Tackling issues such as nutrition, sexual health, disability and substance misuse, the book provides an in-depth examination of the key concepts and theoretical perspectives surrounding health and wellbeing. Topics covered include:

• Adolescence as a life stage, with particular focus on psychological, behavioural, social and cultural development and the concept of the 'teenager'
• The impact of environmental issues such as poverty, poor housing and lack of access to green spaces on young people's health and wellbeing
• Acute mental health problems in young people, such as anorexia nervosa, schizophrenia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• The sexualisation of young people, and identifying sexually vulnerable young people
• The impact of poor nutrition and low levels of physical activity, combined with the socially-influenced body image

Clear, concise and highly accessible, Health and Wellbeing for Young People provides an invaluable introduction to the key issues and debates that relate to the health and wellbeing of young people, both in the UK and beyond.

Colin Goble is Senior Lecturer in Childhood, Youth and Community Studies at the University of Winchester, UK. His main areas of expertise include disability studies across the lifespan, health and wellbeing and health promotion for children and young people.

Natasha Bye-Brooks is Senior Lecturer in Childhood, Youth and Community Studies at the University of Winchester, UK. Her main areas of expertise include sex and relationships education, health promotion and supporting schools to develop Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE).

1. What are the Issues
2. Adolescent Development and Health
3. Historical Overview
4. Health and Wellbeing and the Environment
5. Mental Health and Wellbeing
6. Disability and Health
7. The Sexual Health of Young People
8. Nutrition and Young People
9. Substance Use and Misuse
10. Conclusion.


This book deals uniquely with the subject of well-being in this age range. It is a very effective tool for students and lecturers, both in this field and in related disciplines. – Dr Stephen Gethin-Jones, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire
The authors should pride themselves on a great introduction to the field of young people's health and wellbeing. The book is a very good read, and one I will recommend for its clarity and ability to introduce a wide range of complex content. Students will feel well supported and confident exploring this text. – Jessica Clark, Senior Lecturer, Department of Children, Young People and Education, University Campus Suffolk, UK
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