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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This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.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 as a tool for community and civic engagement: reflections on findings of an Irish research study.

Full title: 
Youth mentoring as a tool for community and civic engagement: reflections on findings of an Irish research study.
Author: 
Brady, B., & Dolan, P.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Brady, B., & Dolan, P. (2009). Youth mentoring as a tool for community and civic engagement: reflections on findings of an Irish research study. Journal of the Community Development Society, 40(4), 359-366.
Publication Type: 
Peer reviewed journal
Aim: 
To explore youth mentoring as a tool for community and civic engagement through the views of adult mentors of the Irish Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Programme.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and focus groups.
Participants: 
A total of 29 ‘‘Big Brothers and Sisters’’ completed questionnaires and 16 participated in focus group sessions.
Conclusion: 
The authors argue that youth mentoring programmes may benefit from the introduction of community development principles. For example, the use of local participatory structures has the potential to help develop programmes, make them responsive to the needs of youth, and act as a support for the recruitment of volunteers. Youth mentoring programmes such as Big Brothers Big Sisters were identified as being valuable in terms of both community and youth development.
Keywords: 
mentoring, civic engagement, social capital, youth
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
7 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Database: SWETSWISE

Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure.

Full title: 
Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure.
Author: 
de Róiste, A., & Dinneen, J.
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
de Róiste, A., & Dinneen, J. (2005). Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure. Dublin: The National Children’s Office.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore how Irish youth spend their free time, what barriers and supports they experience during this time and what their aspirations are with regard to recreation and leisure.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and focus groups
Participants: 
Fifty one schools and 2260 students with an age range of 12 to 18 completed questionnaires. Subsequently focus groups were carried out with 54 young people in schools across Cork, including 20 who were deaf, 8 who were visually impaired, 6 with autism, 3 with physical difficulties, 36 who attended a Youthreach centre and 10 young people from the Travelling community, to explore prominent themes from the questionniare data.
Conclusion: 
This study found that a majority of young people were fulfilled in their leisure time. Most engaged in a range of activities (sports, hobbies and groups) as well as spending time with their friends and doing less directed activities such as watching TV and listening to music. Far fewer young people were involved in groups/clubs than in sports and hobbies. Just under a third (32%) of the sample participated in one or more clubs/groups. The most popular clubs/groups were youth clubs/groups, choir/folk groups, voluntary work and scouts/guides. The authors concluded that the relatively low involvement of Irish adolescents in clubs and groups needs to be addressed.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
young people, leisure activities
Length: 
212 pages

Youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland 1983-2008: ‘Still haven’t found what we’re looking for ...?’

Full title: 
Youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland 1983-2008: ‘Still haven’t found what we’re looking for ...?’
Author: 
Devlin, M.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Devlin, M. (2008). Youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland 1983-2008: ‘still haven’t found what we’re looking for ...?’ Youth & Policy, 100, 41-54.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To review youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland.
Methodology: 
A review of published research on youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland.
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This report concludes that there is a need for an overall agreed policy that facilitates regular planning for the future and review of performance and co-ordination of all services to youth. The author highlights the absence of inter-departmental or inter-ministerial systems to ensure youth work coordination and refers to the need to retain a core sense of vision and purpose regarding the relational, educational and associative mission of youth work, in a climate of increasing outcome-focused accountability. Highlighted is the possible opportunity at local level to use youth work’s new institutional foothold as a way of building relationships with other relevant groups and with young people themselves as a step forward.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, policy, Ireland, review
Length: 
15 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Database: EBSCO

Addressing the needs of young people. A broader view of sexual health.

Full title: 
Addressing the needs of young people. A broader view of sexual health.
Author: 
Forde, C.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Forde, C. (2010). Addressing the needs of young people. A broader view of sexual health. Youth Studies Ireland, 5(1), 18-31.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To gain understanding of how young people in Sligo and Leitrim can be reached to make sexual health issues easier for them to negotiate.
Methodology: 
Six focus groups and 4 in-depth interviews.
Participants: 
There were 40 participants in total; 21 were professionals who work with young people aged between 14 and 21 years and 19 were young people themselves.
Conclusion: 
By creating links between youth, community organisations and health services, knowledge was shared and a means of enhancing this knowledge was identified. The findings show a need to broaden both the concept of sexual health and the collaborative partnerships that have been recognised as essential to successful health promotion. This broader view may promote the personal development aspect of sexual health and also address the issue of sexual violence. While reflecting a local context, these findings have broader relevance at a national and international level. In light of these findings, a number of recommendations were made.
Keywords: 
young people, sexual health, sexual violence
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
14 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research.

Full title: 
Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research.
Author: 
Fullerton, D.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Fullerton, D. (2004). Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research. Dublin: Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine the current evidence of effective programmes aimed at promoting sexual health among young people (aged 18 years or under)and at preventing teenage pregnancy.
Methodology: 
A literature review that identified the evidence of effectiveness in the following areas: teenage pregnancy, prevention, sexual health promotion among young people, and additional studies published since the most recent systematic review. The literature review was not specific to Irish research and included data from the UK, USA and Europe.
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The author identifies programmes that focused on sexuality issues and contraception which have had positive outcomes in delaying sexual intercourse and improving use of birth control. In addition the programmes which focus on antecedents can impact sexual health outcomes, such as poor educational attainment, and have also resulted in some positive outcomes on teenage sexual behaviour and teenage pregnancy. However the author states that programmes which combine sexuality education and youth development provide very positive outcomes relating to reduction of teenage pregnancy. This information may be useful for the development of Irish youth work programmes.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, sexual health, literature review
Length: 
76 pages
Public Accessibility: 
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Health promotion in a youth work setting.

Full title: 
Health promotion in a youth work setting.
Author: 
Jackson, M. In: Health Promotion Professional Perspectives, Chapter 14 (eds A. Scriven and J. Orme)
Year: 
1996
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Jackson, M. (1996). Health promotion in a youth work setting. In A. Scriven & J. Orme (Eds.), Health Promotion Professional Perspectives (157-165). London: Macmillan.
Publication Type: 
Book chapter
Aim: 
To discuss youth work as a setting for health promotion in Ireland.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This study discusses many aspects of promoting health through youth work including: accessing young people, peer education initiatives, the contribution of youth work to health promotion and partnerships for youth health promotion with youth groups, schools and other organisations.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, health promotion, Ireland
Length: 
8 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Recreation and leisure.

Full title: 
Recreation and leisure.
Author: 
Lalor, K., de Roiste, A., & Devlin, M. In: Young people in contemporary Ireland, Chapter 8 (eds K. Lalor, A. de Roiste, and M. Devlin)
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Lalor, K., de Róiste, A., & Devlin, M. (2007). Recreation and leisure. In K. Lalor, A. de Róiste, & M. Devlin (Eds.), Young people in contemporary Ireland (pp. 214 – 244) Ireland: Gill & Macmillan.
Publication Type: 
Book chapter
Aim: 
To discuss leisure and the functions it serves for young people. Considered are the various leisure activities young people part-take in including youth groups.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This chapter explores the constraints and facilitators to young people’s participation in leisure activities. It concludes that in order to maximize leisure and recreation for youth, young people need to be involved in planning the content and format of the activities.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, leisure, youth clubs
Length: 
30 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library Access
ISBN: 
ISBN 0717142118

Services and policy for young people.

Full title: 
Services and policy for young people.
Author: 
Lalor, K., de Roiste, A., & Devlin, M. In: Young people in contemporary Ireland, Chapter 10 (eds K. Lalor, A. de Roiste, and M. Devlin)
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Lalor, K., de Roiste, A., & Devlin, M. (2007). Services and policy for young people. In K. Lalor, A. de Roiste, and M. Devlin (Eds.) Young people in contemporary Ireland (pp. 267 – 294) Ireland: Gill & Macmillan.
Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Aim: 
To review the major types of services and policies designed specifically for young people – particularly focusing on youth work. The origins, nature and development of youth work are also reviewed.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The provisions, policy, planning and strategies required to work towards improving youth work in Ireland in the future are discussed.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
service provision, youth work, Ireland
Length: 
27 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access
ISBN: 
ISBN 0717142118

Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin.

Full title: 
Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin.
Author: 
Mayock, P.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Mayock, P. (2000). Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin. Dublin: Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore the use and non-use of drugs by young people, aged 15-19 years, in a Dublin inner-city community considered to be ‘high risk’ for problem drug use.
Methodology: 
Individual in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
Participants: 
Fifty-seven young people were interviewed individually and twenty-four took part in focus group discussions. Respondents were ‘categorised’ as abstainers, drugtakers and problem drugtakers.
Conclusion: 
The study highlights the importance of considering young people’s perspectives when planning and implementing drug prevention strategies. It is vital, in the future, that intervention efforts aimed at minimising the risk of drug involvement reflect the reality of young people’s experiences.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, drugs, Dublin
Length: 
145 pages

Youth civic engagement and support: promoting well-being with the assistance of a UNESCO Agenda.

Full title: 
Youth civic engagement and support: promoting well-being with the assistance of a UNESCO Agenda.
Author: 
McAuley, C., Rose, W., & Gillian, P. In: Child Well-being Understanding Children’s lives, Chapter 5 (eds P. Dolan), p. 111-126. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
McAuley, C., Rose, W., & Gillian, P. (2010). Youth civic engagement and support: promoting well-being with the assistance of a UNESCO Agenda. In P. Dolan (Eds.) Child Well-being: Understanding Children’s lives (pp. 111-126). London: Jessica Kingsley.
Publication Type: 
Book chapter
Aim: 
To explore the potential relationship between social support and civic engagement of young people with a view to improving their well-being.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This chapter discusses the effects of social support and civic engagement on young people’s well-being. It suggests that social-civic engagement with young people has great potential to enhance young peoples’ health and well-being, especially for youth experiencing adversity. It is unclear if a young person’s capacity to be civically engaged derives from nature or nurture. However the important consideration is what societal conditions are required for youth to become involved with society and in turn enable their well-being.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth , social support, civic engagement
Length: 
15 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access
ISBN: 
ISBN 1843109259

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