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Use and Patterns of Community Among Young people: 

The Role of Local Government

This project is part of a programme of research directed towards investigating patterns of socialising and drug use by young people and the development of community capacity building strategies centred on the involvement of the young people themselves.

This first stage, funded by Health Research Council, investigates the changing role and strategies of local government in the four cities of Auckland, which a view to how these can shape safer socialising opportunities for young people.  A background report on literature and debate on the role of local government has been published.  Further work involves case studies of cities, with a focus on strategic directions, including community development, community health and welfare, and the development of policies related to young people.

Future research involving young people themselves will explore local neighbourhoods in these cities in which teenagers socialise and make choices about alcohol and other drugs. 

Researcher: Linda Hill
Publications: The role of local government: A background report and The Role of Local Government: Part II. Youth policy and community development in four New Zealand cities

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