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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This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.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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Youth mentoring and the parent-young person relationship: considerations for research and practice.

Full title: 
Youth mentoring and the parent-young person relationship: considerations for research and practice.
Author: 
Dolan, P., Canavan, J. & Brady, B.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Dolan, P., Canavan, J., and Brady, B. (2008) Youth mentoring and the parent-young person relationship: considerations for research and practice. Youth & Policy, 99, 33-42.
Publication Type: 
Peer reviewed journal
Aim: 
To explore findings from two Irish studies of young people and parents attending youth projects and highlight considerations for research and practice in relation to mentoring and the parent-youth relationship.
Methodology: 
Literature review
Participants: 
Case study 1: 172 young people Case study 2: 26 parents of adolescents
Conclusion: 
Study 1 found that the presence of support from parents had mental health and well-being benefits for the young people. Study 2 found that parents identified their young people as important sources of social support. This paper concludes that young people attending NYPs value the emotional and tangible support they receive from their parents and do so despite the ongoing existence of strains in their relationship. Similarly, parents identify their adolescent offspring as an important source of support and selected them as central social network members. BBBS is thus far from an 'add on' intervention for youth coupled with the NYPs. This format has the potential to bring additional benefits for the mentee. Similarly, it suggests that given the requisite resources, a programme to support the parent-child relationship and particularly father-child bond could be utilised.
Keywords: 
youth mentoring, parents, social support, intervention.
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
9 pages

Neighbourhood Youth Projects in the Health Services Executive Western area counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon: review report 1992-2004 strengthening existing practice building future capacity.

Full title: 
Neighbourhood Youth Projects in the Health Services Executive Western area counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon: review report 1992-2004 strengthening existing practice building future capacity.
Author: 
Dolan, P., & Kane, S.
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Dolan, P., & Kane, S. (2005). Neighbourhood youth projects in the Health Services Executive Western area counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon: review report 1992-2004 strengthening existing practice building future capacity. The Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, NUI Galway.
Publication Type: 
Review report
Aim: 
To explore future strategic intent and operational direction for Neighbourhood Youth Projects (NYP) in the Health Service Executive Western Region (Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon).The specific objective was that through this review and subsequent recommended actions, what already is a robust model for helping young people and their families would be enhanced further.
Methodology: 
Literature review.
Participants: 
A steering committee was established to oversee a strategic and operational review of NYPs, to make recommendations on matters of strategy and practice in NYPs and provide advice and direction on the way forward, and to oversee the publication of the final report of the review.
Conclusion: 
This report provided key recommendations in relation to each of the key areas within the NYPs, which included; individual work, group work, working with parents, families and communities, target groups and service provision.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, neighbourhood youth project, Western Ireland.
Length: 
39 pages

Evaluation of support and counselling services in Youthreach centres and the senior traveller training centre in Co. Donegal.

Full title: 
Evaluation of support and counselling services in Youthreach centres and the senior traveller training centre in Co. Donegal.
Author: 
Friel, B., & Coulter, S.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Friel, B., & Coulter, S. (2004). Evaluation of support and counselling services in Youthreach centres and the senior Traveller training centre in Co. Donegal. Letterkenny: Co. Donegal Vocational Educational Committee; Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To evaluate the provision of counselling and support services within the Youthreach projects in Donegal and to make recommendations that increase effectiveness.
Methodology: 
Literature searching, semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, focus groups and one-to-one interviews.
Participants: 
Trainees (n=13) took part in focus groups, 19 adults involved in youth work completed questionnaires and were interviewed. Those interviewed included Adult Education Organiser, County Co-ordinator, Centre Co-ordinators, Counsellors, NEPS, Advocacy Workers, Crisis Pregnancy Project Officer and Health Promotion staff.
Conclusion: 
This study suggests that Youthreach can provide an important opportunity for marginalized young people to make positive progress in education and training. The programme was delivered by highly motivated staff who engage with trainees in a skilled and committed manner. The issues faced by staff during the course of their work were increasing in seriousness and intensity. This report offers many recommendations for the future of counselling and support services in Youthreach projects.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, support, counselling, Youthreach centres, Traveller, Donegal.
Length: 
64 pages

Contrasting models of youth work: a conceptual and empirical analysis of the work practices implemented by youth groups in the North Clondalkin area of West Dublin.

Full title: 
Contrasting models of youth work: a conceptual and empirical analysis of the work practices implemented by youth groups in the North Clondalkin area of West Dublin.
Author: 
Galvin, A.
Year: 
1995
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Galvin, A. (1995). Contrasting models of youth work: a conceptual and empirical analysis of the work practices implemented by youth groups in the North Clondalkin area of west Dublin. University College Dublin: Published MA Thesis.
Publication Type: 
Published Master of Arts thesis
Aim: 
To explore the models of youth work used by voluntary youth groups in North Clondalkin and to obtain the opinions of various stakeholders on these models.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires.
Participants: 
Youth workers (n=5), adult volunteers (n=32) and senior members (n=39) of youth groups.
Conclusion: 
This study found that there was significant support for character-building, personal development and critical social education models of youth work. The character building model seemed to be the most favourable. All voluntary youth groups in the study emphasised the importance of building inter-personal relationships between adults and young people as a means of fulfilling the objectives of social education.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, youth work, models
Length: 
178 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Report on the pilot phase of the special educational needs initiative in Youthreach January 2007 to June 2008.

Full title: 
Report on the pilot phase of the special educational needs initiative in Youthreach January 2007 to June 2008.
Author: 
Gordon, M.,
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Gordon, M. (2009). Report on the pilot phase of the Special Educational Needs initiative in Youthreach January 2007 to June 2008. National Development Plan.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore the needs of learners; to describe the process of implementation of the Initiative during the pilot phase; to detail the range of actions introduced by Youthreach centres; to describe the impact of the Initiative on learners; to describe the coordinators’ reflections on their experience of the Initiative; and to document practical outcomes and learning achieved during the pilot phase as well as to consider future directions.
Methodology: 
Literature review, consultations, interviews, focus groups, case studies, questionnaires and workshops.
Participants: 
Twenty Youthreach centers participated.
Conclusion: 
This report concludes that the SEN model concurred with much of the international good practice identified in the research literature on effective approaches. The SEN Initiative validated the importance of developing relationships with learners, working on emotional and behaviour issues and use of resources for this purpose. This pilot represented an important development in the provision of formal, professional and effective services to Youthreach participants. The report outlines benefits of this programme to the stakeholders, lessons learned and seven actions for the future.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
pilot, special educational needs initiative, Youthreach
Length: 
108 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from Youthreach

It sort of widens the health word' evaluation of a health promotion intervention in the youth work setting.

Full title: 
It sort of widens the health word' evaluation of a health promotion intervention in the youth work setting.
Author: 
Hodgins, M., & Swinburne, L.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Hodgins, M., & Swinburne, L. (2008) 'It sort of widens the health word', evaluation of a health promotion intervention in the youth work setting. National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 4(4), 30-34.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To conduct an impact and process evaluation on the HQM, focusing on impact as perceived by stakeholders on the strengths and weaknesses of the process operated by the National Youth Health Programme (NYHP) in implementing the HQM, and the appropriateness of the criteria in the award.
Methodology: 
Focus groups and semi-structured telephone interviews
Participants: 
Youth organisations that had completed (n=16), or partially completed the HQM (n=11) were sampled. Semi-structured interviews with 37 personnel (management and health promotion staff) from 19 organisations were conducted. A focus group involving 9 young people from one organisation also took part.
Conclusion: 
This report concludes that a quality-based structure, such as HQM, can be integrated into youth work and can provide real opportunities for the enhancement of good practice, and a motivating impetus for staff.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, health quality mark, youth organisations
Length: 
20 pages

A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board.

Full title: 
A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board.
Author: 
Kearns, N., Reddy, J., Canavan, J.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Kearns, N., Reddy, J., & Canavan, J. (2008). A review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board. Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To document the level of service provision and usage of the THI, to describe the type of educational and developmental work conducted under the initiative, to examine key stakeholders perceptions of the initiative, including its purpose, content and outcomes and to examine key stakeholders opinions and experience of the initiative in terms of governance, management and administrative issues.
Methodology: 
Documentary analysis and face-to-face in-depth interviews.
Participants: 
Key stakeholders were consulted for this review (n=18), comprising THI former and current project workers, service provider managers from Foróige and Youth Work Ireland, and HSE managers. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 13 individuals and 2 group interviews were carried out with key stakeholders. Of those (n=8) who had referred young people to the service, 4 telephone interviews were conducted.
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that the THI can impact the teenage participants, in terms of building self-esteem, self-awareness, assertiveness, developing relationships, communications, decision-making skills, and knowledge concerning personal and sexual health and well-being. In terms of future work, three major aspects that require attention were identified by interviewees, which include: 1) resources – both funding and staffing, 2) accessibility and geography, 3) strategic collaboration, training and planning.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
teenage, health, programme, review
Length: 
74 pages

Review of a community-based youth counselling service in Ireland.

Full title: 
Review of a community-based youth counselling service in Ireland.
Author: 
Lalor, K., O’Dwyer, S., & Mc Crann, D.
Year: 
2006
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Lalor, K., O’Dwyer, S., & Mc Crann, D. (2006) Review of a community-based youth counselling service in Ireland. Children and Youth Services Review, 28, 325-345.
Publication Type: 
Peer-reviewed journal
Aim: 
To explore the structure and operation of a community-based youth counselling service operated by the Kildare Youth Services (KYS), Ireland, to highlight the preventative nature of such a service.
Methodology: 
Interviews.
Participants: 
The participants included 4 social workers, 4 Principals or guidance counsellors, 2 general practitioners and 1 probation officer and a small sample (n=5) of clients of the service – 2 adolescents and 3 mothers of children using the service.
Conclusion: 
The service was viewed positively throughout the community and its role in the prevention of further distress was highlighted. The Kildare Youth Counselling Service is “community-based” in the sense that it is embedded in an existing youth service, which was identified as a distinct advantage.
Keywords: 
community-based, youth counselling, Kildare, youth services, Ireland
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
36 pages

Lír youth and family project: evaluation report.

Full title: 
Lír youth and family project: evaluation report.
Author: 
Mahony, K., & Canavan, J.
Year: 
2006
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Mahony, K., & Canavan, J. (2006). Lír youth and family project: evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, NUI Galway.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To evaluate the Lìr Youth and Family Project. The objectives of the evaluation, as devised by Barnardos, were to determine if the project has met its objectives, to document what has worked, what has not, and why, to report any unanticipated outcomes and to assess whether the objectives of the project are still relevant to the needs of the client group and to inform practice of the project.
Methodology: 
A literature review, review of policy developments, documentary analysis of service user case files, face-to-face interviews and telephone interviews.
Participants: 
The research team conducted interviews with six young people who had previously used or were using the Lír service at the time of the evaluation, and eleven parents of those young people. There were five staff / management staff interviewed also.
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that the project met its objectives. While some work is required in revisiting aims and target group issues, the core project objectives in relation to achieving positive change for young people with specific needs and their families, remain highly relevant.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
children, social disabilities, child welfare, community development
Length: 
91 pages

Evaluation report on the inclusion programme.

Full title: 
Evaluation report on the inclusion programme.
Author: 
Mc Evoy, O.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Mc Evoy, O. (2009). Evaluation report on the Inclusion Programme. Dublin: The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA).
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To assess the impact and effectiveness of the OMCYA Inclusion Programme.
Methodology: 
The organisations participating in the Inclusion Programme were asked to complete a ‘First progress report’ and a final report. Site visits, face-to-face interviews and telephone interviews were also conducted.
Participants: 
The key stakeholders included young people (n=21) participating in the projects, youth leaders, project leaders, steering committee representatives and directors of organisations, (adult participants=11)
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that the Inclusion Programme was successful and had a positive impact on the inclusion of marginalised young people in the youth participation process. In addition to the eighty six young people involved in the projects in the programme, the recounted personal stories of the young people are testament to a programme that was well organised, well supported and meaningful. Much work remains to ensure that young people from these organisations and others become involved in a plethora of youth participation structures on an ongoing basis, which requires the continued commitment from the OMCYA and other participating organisations.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, inclusion programme, youths
Length: 
18 pages

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