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The paradox of going hungry when there is so much food: the perspective of vulnerable youth and their caseworkers


Le, Q and Auckland, S and Nguyen, HB and Terry, DR and Barnett, T, The paradox of going hungry when there is so much food: the perspective of vulnerable youth and their caseworkers, Journal of Food Security, 1, (2) pp. 10-15. ISSN 2372-0115 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12691/jfs-1-2-1


This study aimed to examine the food security challenges experienced among vulnerable youth in North West Tasmania. An exploratory, descriptive design was used to collect data through face-to-face interviews and focus group discussions with 22 young residents and with five stakeholders and representatives from different community and state organisations. The most significant finding of the study was that a proportion of young residents in the North West Coast of Tasmania were threatened by food insecurity, which was caused by a combination of factors including patterns of food consumption and dietary behaviours. Those with higher financial difficulty due to the lack of a stable job were significantly more vulnerable to food insecurity and faced a higher chance of having health problems. The findings of the project have many implications to improve the food security and lives of vulnerable youth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:food security, disadvantaged, youth, socioeconomic status, coping
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Auckland, S (Mr Stuart Auckland)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HB (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Terry, DR (Mr Daniel Terry)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:86139
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-08-27
Last Modified:2014-06-02

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