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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This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.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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Report of Comhairle na nÓg development funds 2007-2008.

Full title: 
Report of Comhairle na nÓg development funds 2007-2008.
Author: 
Mc Evoy, O.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Mc Evoy, O. (2009). Report of Comhairle na nÓg development funds 2007-2008. Dublin: The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To document the progress of Comhairle na nÓg as a youth participation structure since 2005, concentrating on 4 key areas: the participation of and impact on young people, the participation of ‘hard to reach’ young people, the structure of Comhairle na nÓg and the development of measurable initiatives with other relevant decision-making structures.
Methodology: 
Literature review and Comhairle na nÓg document analysis, evaluation report analyses, site visits, meetings, semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
Participants: 
The administrative officer in the County Development Board (CDB), director of services of the CDB, youth service providers, youth workers directly involved in the coordination of the programme and Comhairle members.
Conclusion: 
The study concludes that only a developed and enhanced Comhairle na nÓg can make any attempt to involve, engage and empower young people to have meaningful input and a positive impact on the decisions being made that affect the lives of young people in their local communities. It is vital that the development of any initiatives and links with decision-making bodies in the local community remain at the fore in order to ensure Comhairle na nÓg continues as a meaningful youth participation structure.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
Comhairle na nÓg, evaluation
Length: 
72 pages

Teenage mental health: what helps and what hurts? Report on the outcome of consultations with teenagers on mental health.

Full title: 
Teenage mental health: what helps and what hurts? Report on the outcome of consultations with teenagers on mental health.
Author: 
Mc Evoy, O.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Mc Evoy, O. (2009). Teenage mental health: what helps and what hurts? Report on the outcome of consultations with teenagers on mental health. Dublin: The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To consult with young people on ‘teenage mental health’ in order to elicit what ‘hurts’ or negatively impacts on teenage mental health and also to learn what young people feel ‘helps’ or positively impacts on their mental health.
Methodology: 
Consultations and workshops.
Participants: 
In total 277 young people, aged between 12 and 18, attended the consultations and workshops.
Conclusion: 
This study concludes that while young people were very aware of what negatively impacts on their mental health, they also had the capacity to view their mental health in a very positive light and recognise the need to look after their mental well-being. Many of the key areas and practical suggestions made by young people are highlighted throughout the report. The findings of this report have implications for policy and decision-makers as well as for service providers and practitioners in education, local government and the media, parents, family members and indeed young people themselves.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
teenage, mental health, consultations
Length: 
76 pages

Evaluating the implementation of the youth-led emotional well-being project ‘Getting it Together’.

Full title: 
Evaluating the implementation of the youth-led emotional well-being project ‘Getting it Together’.
Author: 
Meade, K., Rowel, D. & Barry, M.M.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Meade, K., Rowel, D., & Barry, M.M. (2008). Evaluating the implementation of the youth-led emotional well-being project ’Getting it Together’. Journal of Public Mental Health, 7(1), 16-25.
Publication Type: 
Peer-reviewed journal
Aim: 
To evaluate a youth-led initiative on the promotion of emotional well-being among young people. It aimed to build young people’s understanding of emotional well-being and develop a youth friendly, needs-led resource.
Methodology: 
Focus group discussions, interviews, questionnaires, researcher observation and participatory methods of data collection.
Participants: 
Young people aged 16–25 years from the island of Ireland worked together to develop a youth friendly, needs-led resource. A group of 20 young people were used as a comparison group. Following completion of the resource, eight of the young people were trained as peer educators and piloted the resource with 58 of their peers.
Conclusion: 
The key objectives of the project were achieved resulting in an intense, positive and productive experience for the participating young people, which enhanced their understanding of emotional well-being. The young people were successfully trained to deliver the resource to their peers, who assessed very positively both the resource and their experience of the training.
Keywords: 
emotional well-being, peer-led programme, participatory evaluation
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
9 pages

An interim evaluation of specific aspects of the Healthy Communities Project, this study aimed to evaluate awareness, participation and empowerment of young people in the Healthy Communities Project.

Full title: 
An interim evaluation of specific aspects of the Healthy Communities Project, this study aimed to evaluate awareness, participation and empowerment of young people in the Healthy Communities Project.
Author: 
Murphy, J.
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Murphy, J.I. (2003). An interim evaluation of specific aspects of the Healthy Communities Project, this study aimed to evaluate awareness, participation and empowerment of young people in the Healthy Communities Project. University of Ulster: Unpublished MA Thesis.
Publication Type: 
Master of Arts thesis
Aim: 
To evaluate young people’s awareness of, participation in and empowerment due to the Healthy communities’ project, an initiative run by the Health Promotion Department of the South Eastern Health Board.
Methodology: 
Questionnaire
Participants: 
Young people aged between 13-18 years (n=87)
Conclusion: 
The Healthy Communities’ project offered the opportunity for youth empowerment and engagement in health promoting activities. A large proportion of young people involved in the project felt healthier, braver, had increased self belief and were better able to mix with friends and adults as a result. The author identified that having more programmes available for young people through the Healthy Communities’ project would encourage young people’s involvement in the future.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, involvement, community, health
Length: 
125 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from author

Youth Advocacy Programme final evaluation report, YAP/Western Health Board.

Full title: 
Youth Advocacy Programme final evaluation report, YAP/Western Health Board.
Author: 
O’Brien, M. and Canavan, J.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
O’Brien, M., & Canavan, J. (2004) Youth Advocacy Programme (YAP) final evaluation report, YAP/Western Health Board. Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, NUI Galway & Western Health Board.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To evaluate the Youth Advocacy Programme from the perspective of stakeholders involved in the programme.
Methodology: 
Documentary analyses, questionnaires, interviews and standardised psychological tests.
Participants: 
Service users (n=46), programme advocates (n=13), deputy managers (n=3), referring agents (n=15), young people (n=8) and parents (n=5), residential care home managers (n=4), Children Act Services Managers (n=3) and the manager of the YAP service all took part in this evaluation.
Conclusion: 
The outcomes for the young people attending the programme were identified as largely positive. Strengths and weaknesses of the project were discussed and conclusions specific to each stakeholder group were presented within the report.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, advocacy programme, evaluation
Length: 
180 pages

Final evaluation report of the teen parent support initiative.

Full title: 
Final evaluation report of the teen parent support initiative.
Author: 
Riordan S,
Year: 
2002
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Riordan, S. (2002). Final evaluation report of the Teen Parent Support Initiative. Dublin: Dublin Institute of Technology.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To evaluate the Teen Parent Support Initiative (TPSI) and to detail the key activities, success factors, barriers and learning arising from the Initiative based on the experiences of the three pilot project sites.
Methodology: 
Self-completion questionnaires, in-depth face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, consultations and attendance at relevant meetings. Site visits, analyses of monitoring forms and of progress reports.
Participants: 
In total 52 professionals, namely project staff, members of the national monitoring committee, employers, members of project committees and referrers participated and 72 young parents aged 19 years and under participated in the evaluation.
Conclusion: 
The findings from the evaluation suggest that the Initiative as a whole, and each pilot project, achieved the national programme objectives. It was clear from the evaluation the need for further policy development to respond to the support needs of young parents, particularly the need for additional financial support to facilitate participation in education and training and access to suitable childcare and accommodation. TPSI projects should continue to receive funding and be adequately resourced to meet the service demand and range of support needs presenting within their catchment area.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, teen parent, support initiative
Length: 
182 pages
Public Accessibility: 

The invisible students; young parents in education.

Full title: 
The invisible students; young parents in education.
Author: 
Riordan S,
Year: 
2002
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Riordan, S. (2002). The invisible students; young parents in education. Dublin: Dublin Institute of Technology.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To identify and discuss key aspects of the policy landscape in relation to young parents’ participation in education and to inform the work of the Teen Parent Support Initiative (TPSI) pilot projects.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
Young parents face family, social and cultural obstacles as well as structural and institutional obstacles when returning to education. The report calls for a shift towards policy that acknowledges and responds to the circumstances and needs of young parents. TPSI projects have recognised and worked to support and resolve any issues arising from personal, familial or structural factors that may influence young parents’ ability and desire to participate in education and training. By supporting all aspects of a young parent’s life, the Initiative sought to overcome the numerous ‘small’ obstacles that can reduce even the most committed young person’s ability to participate in education/training. In conclusion, the report suggests that the Initiative is well placed to play an important role in the development of local and regional integrated networks to meet the education and training needs of young parents.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
young parents, education, policy needs.
Length: 
72 pages

An evaluation of youth club practice.

Full title: 
An evaluation of youth club practice.
Author: 
Tracey, D.
Year: 
1991
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Tracey, D. (1991). An evaluation of youth club practice. National Youth Federation & The Irish Youth Work Centre.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore youth work in relation to informal education through social relationships, informal education through the programme content and the structural opportunities created for young people to become actively involved in running the youth club.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires
Participants: 
Staff involved in youth club development, adult volunteers & senior youth club members (16 years and over).
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that for many young people the youth club provides limited recreational activities & rarely offers educational programmes. It identified the need for youth participation, increased opportunities for young women in the club and the need for more appropriate training for leaders.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth club, evaluation, benefits, youth participation
Length: 
84 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available to purchase from The Irish youth work centre

Kildare youth services annual report 2008.

Full title: 
Kildare youth services annual report 2008.
Author: 
Youth Work Ireland
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Youth Work Ireland, (2008). Kildare youth services annual report 2008. Kildare: Kildare Youth Service & Youth Work Ireland.
Publication Type: 
Annual report
Aim: 
To explore how Kildare youth services meet the 5 strategic objectives and to provide examples of quality work with children, young people, families and communities in County Kildare.
Methodology: 
A review of Kildare Youth services work with children who employ various tools in providing educational and leadership opportunities, e.g. creative arts, sports, music, drama, outdoor pursuits and foreign exchanges.
Participants: 
Youth in County Kildare through various projects
Conclusion: 
Many health outcomes for youth who partake in Kildare youth services were identified. Through specific youth work programmes, 555 young people increased their awareness and knowledge of their own personal development, general health, sexual health, drugs and alcohol issues; over 1,100 learned to advocate through participation in youth clubs and projects; and young people in Naas were trained in peer leadership around drug awareness.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, Kildare, youth work, outcomes
Length: 
15 pages

Adolescents in adversity and their networks for social support: a study measuring and tracking over nine months

Full title: 
Adolescents in adversity and their networks for social support: a study measuring and tracking over nine months the self perceived social networks, social support, mental health, wellbeing and life events of adolescents attending Neighbourhood Youth Projects in the Irish counties of Mayo and Roscommon.
Author: 
Dolan, P.
Year: 
2003
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Dolan, P. (2003). Adolescents in adversity and their networks for social support: A study measuring and tracking over nine months the self perceived social networks, social support, mental health, wellbeing and life events of adolescents attending Neighbourhood Youth Projects in the Irish Counties of Mayo and Roscommon. University of Queens Belfast: Unpublished PhD Thesis.
Publication Type: 
PhD thesis
Aim: 
This study explores the social networks and social support of young people attending three Neighbourhood Youth Projects.
Methodology: 
A variety of questionnaires and validated tools were employed during each of the 3 phases of this project, for example a social network questionnaire, a general health questionnaire, an adolescent well-being scale, a social network scale, a social provision scale and an adolescent perceived events scale.
Participants: 
172 adolescents and 6 youth workers.
Conclusion: 
Overall the adolescents reported plentiful sources of support. Parents were found to be a key source of support. The study concludes that it may be beneficial to work with adolescents and parents together in the future. Friends were also rated highly as a source of support, whereas siblings were found to be the poorest providers. Respondents with high levels of social support reported less negative life events. A statistical significance association between social support and perceived mental well-being was observed highlighting the importance of youth workers increasing perceived social support.
Keywords: 
youths, social support, mental health
Subject Matter: 
youths, social support, mental health
Length: 
341 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

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