Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Psychiatry


Ms Flora Gilbert


Not offered in 2016


This unit has been designed to create a developmental context for understanding a range of issues which characterise at risk behaviour in youth. Students will gain a broader understanding of these behaviours, as seen from a range of perspectives: legal, epidemiological, psychological, sociological and psychiatric. The unit will be of interest to those currently working with at risk youth as well as providing insights into the aetiology of a range of maladaptive behaviours in adult life.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the interface between children and the legal system.
  2. Outline the basic principles of assessment and management of risk in childhood and adolescence.
  3. Describe critically the evidence relating to long term consequence of adverse experiences in childhood and adolescence.
  4. Outline a developmentally appropriate decision making process.


Workshop presentation/alternative assessment (10%)
Structured learning task (30%)
Essay (60%)

All assessments must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop.