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01.Climate Adversity: Yet Another Stressor for Rural Adolescents (pp. 513-519)
02.Climate Change and Child Health in Australia: Likely Futures, New Inequities? (pp. 493-500)
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Authors:  Helen J. Stain, John Dean, Brian Kelly, Susan Blinkhorn, and Tracey Carnie
The idealised rural childhood of freedom, small supportive
communities and close connection to the environment does
not necessarily serve the psychosocial needs of many
adolescents. Factors including locality, social context,
infrastructure, service provision and access, labour market,
and family and social networks are among determinants of
youth mental well being. For rural youth, the problems of
isolation and reduced opportunities prompt the most
capable to migrate towards larger urban and metropolitan
centres for education and employment. There is an adverse
impact from the loss of friendships and social support for
young people who remain. Coping strategies of rural youth
need to be considered in the context of low access to mental
health services. Living with drought impacts adversely on
family finances, affecting girls and boys differently. Studies
in the Australian context demonstrate worsening
psychological distress across the community in the face of
prolonged drought. Children and adolescents in a drought
affected region of New South Wales were participants in
two studies, and an increase in psychological distress
overtime, and above the general community norms,
emerged. Concerns about the drought and its impact on self,
friends, family and community were also expressed by
students who were boarders in rural schools serving
drought affected areas. Rural adolescents have higher rates
of risk-taking behaviour, with potential adverse effects on
health and mental health. The prolonged drought and
climate adversity clearly pose a public health problem, and
the voice of young people themselves needs to be heard and

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