Parental concern for their adolescent attending Schoolies: a literature review

Kasey Irwin, Alison Hutton, Pauline Hill

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    This paper reviews the literature around the Schoolies experience and concern that parents may have with adolescents undertaking risk-taking behaviour at this event. A systematic search of Ovid, Medline, Pub Med, Pro Quest and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) were undertaken. Keywords in these searches included: Schoolies, school leavers, adolescents and parental attitudes. Four major themes identified were: substance use at Schoolies; expectations, previous experience and peers' influence on behaviour, and parental influences. Reducing harm in this cohort as a result of risk-taking behaviours could have far-reaching impacts: reducing alcohol and drug-related injury at these events could have an impact on health care as the burden on the country's health care system and resources may be reduced. In 2010 there were a reported 214,542 students undertaking Year 12 and it is estimated that in total 60,000 young people (36%) attend an organised Schoolies event, highlighting the importance of gaining insight into this topic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2-7
    Number of pages6
    JournalNeonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


    • Drugs and alcohol
    • Parental perceptions
    • Schoolies


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