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Irish Youth Health Promotion Bibliography

This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland. We are very grateful to the Health Promotion research centre based in NUI Galway for their support in collating this bibliography of research studies.

This bibliography will act as a foundation for an in-depth evaluation of Irish research on youth health promotion. It will assist in identifying gaps in policy and practice, planning future projects and reduce duplication of research.

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Perceived needs for guidance, counselling and psychological services in Youthreach, community training workshops and senior Traveller training centres.

Full title: 
Perceived needs for guidance, counselling and psychological services in Youthreach, community training workshops and senior Traveller training centres.
Author: 
Ryan, S.
Year: 
1998
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Ryan, S. (1998). Perceived needs for guidance, counselling and psychological services in Youthreach, community training workshops and senior Traveller training centres. Dublin: National Centre for Guidance in Education.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To identify the perceived needs for guidance, counselling and psychological services in Youthreach, community training workshops and senior Traveller training centres and the assignment of additional guidance resources to these centres.
Methodology: 
Questionnaire.
Participants: 
Youthreach coordinators and managers of community training workshops and senior Traveller training centres (n=65; 34 Youthreach centres, 18 community training workshops; and 13 senior Traveller training centres)
Conclusion: 
This report focuses on access to professional psychological and other specialist services available to young people and identifies the need for these services to be readily available. The report concludes that there was a need for access to qualified counselors, for staff training in front-line guidance and counseling skills, for adequate and efficient referrals and for vocational guidance. This report calls for a systematic response to the provision of guidance, counselling and psychological services for young people.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
needs assessment, guidance, counselling, psychological services, Youthreach, community training, Travelling community
Length: 
36 pages

Reaching out: provision of guidance and support services by programmes/projects for early school leavers and young people at risk in Ireland.

Full title: 
Reaching out: provision of guidance and support services by programmes/projects for early school leavers and young people at risk in Ireland.
Author: 
Ryan, S.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Ryan, S. (2000). Reaching out: provision of guidance and support services by programmes/projects for early school leavers and young people at risk in Ireland. Dublin: National Centre for Guidance in Education.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine guidance provision in all programmes/projects targeted at early school leavers, incorporating responses from those working with initiatives aimed at preventing early school leaving.
Methodology: 
Questionnaire.
Participants: 
Questionnaires were sent to 205 projects and programmes targeted at early school leavers. Of the returned questionnaires 121 were deemed suitable. These were returned from 104 Youthreach centres, community training workshops and Traveller training centres, and 17 projects/ programmes targeted directly at early school leavers.
Conclusion: 
The importance of networks and links between relevant agencies for success in working with early school leavers and young people at risk was highlighted. This report details a model of provision of guidance, counselling and support for projects and programmes targeted at early school leavers for moving forward. A directory of guidance and support services for early school leavers and young people at risk was completed with 467 entries in the directory.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
guidance, support, young people, early school leavers
Length: 
32 pages

Drug use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Ireland.

Full title: 
Drug use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Ireland.
Author: 
Sarma K,
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Sarma, K. (2007). Drug use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Ireland. Dublin: BeLonG To youth services.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine the extent, causes and impact of drug use and the type of service response that is appropriate to meet the needs of drug users or those who may use drugs in the future among LGBT young people.
Methodology: 
A three phase research methodology was employed. In phase 1, interviews were held with young LGBT drug users to record their personal experiences of drug use. Interviews were also conducted with the staff at BeLonG To and other stakeholders to get a service-provider perspective. Themes that emerged from these interviews were then explored further in a focus group setting (in five focus group sessions; phase 2). Themes from phase 1 and 2, together with themes identified from international literature, were then incorporated into an on-line questionnaire.
Participants: 
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people aged 18 – 26 years.
Conclusion: 
This research suggests that drug use among LGBT young people was considerable and impacted in very real and often very negative ways, and is growing more serious in extent and nature. The report concludes that minimising drug taking amongst LGBT youth, providing specific drug-related services sensitive to their needs, and doing so in a way that does not demonise an already marginalised and vulnerable section of the community, presents a major challenge for both Government and non-Governmental organisations.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
drug use, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, youths,
Length: 
54 pages

Life as it is: values, attitudes and norms from the perspective of Midlands youth.

Full title: 
Life as it is: values, attitudes and norms from the perspective of Midlands youth.
Author: 
Sheerin, E.
Year: 
1998
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Sheerin, E. (1998). Life as it is: values, attitudes and norms from the perspective of Midlands youth. Dublin: Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To analyse the needs and general lifestyle of marginalized youth in the Midland region with a view to developing services of the Midland Health Board to meet the needs of young people.
Methodology: 
Fifteen focus groups and 20 individual interviews were conducted.
Participants: 
Approximately 120 young people aged 15-18 years.
Conclusion: 
This report concludes that there is a need to develop health services accessible to young people and to increase young people’s access to existing services, as well as, to provide alternatives to the current social scene and the influence of peer pressure in young people’s lives. It also highlights the specific needs of young people in relation to education through recognition of the conflicts in the life of a young person, which lead to educational disadvantage and the need to advocate and expand more holistic approaches to education, to give all young people the opportunity to enhance their life chances. Youth groups were identified as important places to implement elements of these recommendations.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
needs assessment, marginalised youths, Midlands
Length: 
64 pages

Youth social and educational needs in Kildare town: Kildare youth services, action South Kildare.

Full title: 
Youth social and educational needs in Kildare town: Kildare youth services, action South Kildare.
Author: 
Stapleton, M.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Stapleton, M. (2000). Youth social and educational needs in Kildare Town. Kildare: Kildare Youth Services & Action South Kildare.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine young people’s social and educational needs in Kildare town.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and interviews.
Participants: 
Young people, club leaders, community members, professionals working in the area and school principals.
Conclusion: 
This study highlights the many and varied needs of young people in Kildare town, including the need for a youth group and information and services relating to drugs, underage drinking, racism, sex and relationships and bullying. The report concludes with 13 recommendations many of which can be provided through youth work including: the provision of a youth programme and facilities, youth counseling and a family support project.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, needs assessment, Kildare town
Length: 
52 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from Kildare Youth Services.

Youth needs and service provision in Fethard.

Full title: 
Youth needs and service provision in Fethard.
Author: 
Tipperary Institute
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Tipperary Institute (2005). Youth needs and service provision in Fethard. Tipperary: Fethard & Killusty Community Council.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To analyse the needs of young people in the Fethard area in order to assist the community council in developing appropriate responses to meeting youth needs and in introducing services and facilities for young people.
Methodology: 
One-to-one interviews, group interviews and assessment sheets were completed.
Participants: 
Young people between the ages of 10-18 (n=116) were interviewed in groups. In addition, 22 adults who were involved with young people as care providers, in service delivery or in a club or sporting context were interviewed.
Conclusion: 
The study concludes that for the young people, Fethard has both positive and negative features. For adults and young respondents the main concern was the lack of facilities in the area. The young respondents identified negative features of Fethard as “having nothing to do” and “nowhere to go” and marginalised young people and girls in particular were identified as poorly catered for. The negative issues identified by adult respondents included: under-age drinking, vandalism, negative peer pressure and boredom. Many of the adults identified a lack of parental involvement as an inhibitor to the development of comprehensive youth services. This review provides recommendations to target the areas of concern identified by both adults and young people.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
needs assessment, youth, Ireland
Length: 
48 pages

Solvent use among young Irish adolescents – a growing concern for youth workers, teachers and parents?

Full title: 
Solvent use among young Irish adolescents – a growing concern for youth workers, teachers and parents?
Author: 
Van Hout, M., & Connor, S.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Van Hout, M., & Connor, S. (2008). Solvent use among young Irish adolescents – a growing concern for youth workers, teachers and parents? Drugs and Alcohol Today, 8(1), 27-37.
Publication Type: 
Peer reviewed journal article
Aim: 
To identify current volatile solvent use practices, health beliefs and perceived effects of volatile solvent use, social dynamics of volatile solvent use, significance of reputation, and barriers to volatile solvent use interventions in a sample of Irish adolescents.
Methodology: 
Individual semi-structured interviews.
Participants: 
Twenty adolescents who reported inhaling volatile solvents aged between 12-18 years participated. These adolescents were a mixture of school going, early school leavers and young people attending youth training.
Conclusion: 
Teachers, probation and juvenile liaison officers, health promotion and drug education workers, youth workers, social workers, and parents should ‘familiarise themselves with the real world experiences of adolescent volatile solvent users’, in order to develop appropriate and timely drug education interventions.
Keywords: 
inhalants, adolescents, service provision, Ireland
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
9 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Database: EBSCO

Somewhere to turn to, someone to talk to.

Full title: 
Somewhere to turn to, someone to talk to.
Author: 
Bates, T., Illback, R., Scanlan, F., & Carroll, L.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Bates, T., Illback, R., Scanlan, F., & Carroll, L. (2009). Somewhere to turn to, someone to talk to. Dublin: Headstrong The National Centre for Youth Mental Health.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To illustrate the experiences of young people growing up in Ireland, the mental health challenges and difficulties they face and to describe Jigsaw, a community model of services and supports for young people.
Methodology: 
Extensive consultations, public fora, focus groups, questionnaires, interviews and youth mental health workshops were carried out with young people, service providers and community leaders across Ireland over a two year period. Case studies of 2 Jigsaw demonstration sites in action (Galway & Ballymun) were also included.
Participants: 
Numerous service providers, young people and stakeholders across Ireland participated in Headstrong research to develop this document.
Conclusion: 
The report outlines the Jigsaw model, which was shaped by consultations with young people, service providers and examples of best-practice in youth mental health identified internationally. It also describes two case studies of Jigsaw in action in Ireland and how the model can adapt to the unique circumstances of young people and their communities.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
Jigsaw model, case study
Length: 
96 pages

Meeting the challenge of doing a RCT evaluation of youth mentoring in Ireland: a journey in mixed methods.

Full title: 
Meeting the challenge of doing a RCT evaluation of youth mentoring in Ireland: a journey in mixed methods.
Author: 
Brady, B., & O ’Regan, C.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Brady, B., & O ’Regan, C. (2009). Meeting the challenge of doing a RCT evaluation of youth mentoring in Ireland: a journey in mixed methods. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 3, 265 - 280.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To describe the methods used to evaluate the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) programme in Ireland that employed a concurrent embedded mixed methods design as a means of balancing ethical, feasibility, and scientific issues associated with the randomised controlled trial (RCT) method, establishing an epistemological position and integrating data from various methods and multiple sources.
Methodology: 
A mixed methods approach was used employing questionnaires and one-to-one interviews.
Participants: 
A sample of 12 mentoring pairs and programme staff.
Conclusion: 
This article describes the task of designing an RCT study. This was one of the first RCT studies of this nature to be undertaken in Ireland so the researchers were on a ‘‘learning curve.’’ Using a mixed method approach as a way of benefiting from the strengths of RCT but compensating for its weaknesses worked well and facilitated the data and methods to inform each other and enabled a consideration of both causality and meaning as interconnected and contingent concepts.
Keywords: 
RCT, mixed methods, youth services, youth mentoring
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
17 pages

Helping children feel they belong: a guide to good practice in community based prevention and support work with children and young people at risk of educational disadvantage.

Full title: 
Helping children feel they belong: a guide to good practice in community based prevention and support work with children and young people at risk of educational disadvantage.
Author: 
Brown, M.
Year: 
2003
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Brown, M. (2003). Helping children feel they belong: a guide to good practice in community based prevention and support work with children and young people at risk of educational disadvantage. Dublin: Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To describe a model of good practice for community workers and young people at risk of educational disadvantage or social disadvantage.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This handbook aims to aid project planning, assessment and reflection for those working in the community setting with young people at risk of educational disadvantage. It offers a broad guide to good practice which youth projects can help to develop their own work.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
community-based, model, prevention, education disadvantage, support
Length: 
56 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from The Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin

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