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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This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.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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Teenager’s views on solutions to alcohol misuse: report on a national consultation.

Full title: 
Teenager’s views on solutions to alcohol misuse: report on a national consultation.
Author: 
Mc Evoy, O.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Mc Evoy, O. (2008). Teenager’s views on solutions to alcohol misuse: report on a national consultation. Dublin: The Office of the Minister for Children.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
A participative research methodology called ‘Open Space’ was used.
Methodology: 
To explore how young people view teenage drinking and to seek their views on the most effective ways of dealing with excessive teenage drinking.
Participants: 
In five different locations across the country, 257 young people, between the ages of 12 and 18, were consulted. The consultations were framed to seek young people’s views on the solutions to alcohol misuse.
Conclusion: 
There was considerable agreement among participants in all locations on the important areas on which to focus. The top 4 were: the legal age to drink alcohol, alternative alcohol-free facilities, education, and law enforcement. A number of specific and key solutions were also identified and prioritised by the participants using a ‘sticky dot’ voting system. The top 5 solutions emerged as: lower the legal age of drinking alcohol to 16, offer alternative alcohol-free facilities, the importance of the role of parents in setting a good example and being understanding and realistic with their children, age-appropriate education programmes, and an updated and enforced ID system.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
teenagers, alcohol, consultation, solutions
Length: 
87 pages

Report on consultations with teenagers on issues to be considered by the Minister for Children when examining the age of consent for sexual activity.

Full title: 
Report on consultations with teenagers on issues to be considered by the Minister for Children when examining the age of consent for sexual activity.
Author: 
Office of the Minister for Children
Year: 
2006
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Office of the Minister for Children (2006). Report on consultations with teenagers on issues to be considered by the Minister for Children when examining the age of consent for sexual activity. Dublin: The Stationary Office.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To seek the views of teenagers on the age of consent and other matters related to teenage sexual activity.
Methodology: 
Using a participative research methodology called ‘Open Space’, the participants identified the key issues they wanted to discuss in workshops and to put forward to the Minister for Children. Each individual participant identified as many issues as they desired and posted their contribution on an open wall. These issues were then clustered together thematically to form the ‘workshop agenda’. Between 6 and 8 thematic workshops took place at each location, depending on the number of issues identified.
Participants: 
Two hundred and ten young people aged between 15 and 18 years were consulted in five locations around the country.
Conclusion: 
There were four issues in particular that young people deemed important: sex education, information and resources on sex, equality and the law, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and services. Other issues that were considered extremely important by the participants when examining the age of consent included: the role of parents, maturity, teenage pregnancy, contraception, confidentiality, peer pressure, the role of alcohol and drugs on decision-making and child protection. These are all important for youth workers to be aware of to promote the health of young people in Ireland.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, consultations, age of consent, Ireland
Length: 
56 pages

An exploration into the drug and alcohol related knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of early school leavers aged 15-20 years in the West of Ireland.

Full title: 
An exploration into the drug and alcohol related knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of early school leavers aged 15-20 years in the West of Ireland.
Author: 
Redmond, S.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Redmond, S. (2008). An exploration into the drug and alcohol related knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of early school leavers aged 15-20 years in the West of Ireland. University of Limerick: Unpublished MA Thesis.
Publication Type: 
Master of Arts thesis
Aim: 
To explore drug and alcohol related attitudes, knowledge and behaviours of early school leavers in the West of Ireland.
Methodology: 
A mixed methods approach, triangulation, was employed to collect data. Data collection involved three phases; questionnaires, focus groups and photo-voice.
Participants: 
Questionnaires were completed by 106 young people (47males, 59 females, 15-20 years, mean age 16 years); 22 were involved in three focus groups (14 males, 8 females, mean age 16 years), one per county: Galway, Mayo and Roscommon; and five male (15-16 years) participants in photo-voice. (Photo-voice is a research method that gives the participants a creative opportunity to express themselves, particularly useful for those experiencing language barriers).
Conclusion: 
The findings suggest that while a high proportion of early school leavers use illicit substances, many do not. The study concludes that consistent and appropriate methods are required to engage young people to challenge attitudes to substance use, enhance young people’s knowledge, positively impact their behaviour and utilise normative education. It calls for an emphasis to be placed on providing a range of youth services to meet the needs of young people, and for a more holistic and creative approach to be adopted within the education system to achieve better mental health, social health and emotional health.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
early school leavers, drugs, alcohol, knowledge
Length: 
186 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

Limerick City guidance and counselling initiative for early school leavers: an evaluation report.

Full title: 
Limerick City guidance and counselling initiative for early school leavers: an evaluation report.
Author: 
Conboy, P.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Conboy, P. (2000). Limerick city guidance and counselling initiative for early school leavers: an evaluation report. Limerick: CLVEC
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
This study aimed to evaluate the Limerick City guidance and counselling initiative with regard to the appropriateness of the model, the effectiveness of the implementation of the initiative and to generate policy and practice recommendations.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and interviews.
Participants: 
Managers of the centres, counselling co-ordinators, key staff in each centre and young people.
Conclusion: 
The aims of the counselling initiative were met. The model was appropriate and met the needs of the young people. It was effective, as it brought about positive influences and changes (e.g. suicides had been averted, some young people who required drug and alcohol addiction treatment availed of this and others are now pursuing formal education). However, limited access to the service and a lack of planned start up time for the initiative were identified as project weaknesses. It concludes that the youth centre need a professional counselling and psychological service.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
evaluation, counselling, guidance, youth centre
Length: 
66 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from Limerick City Adult Education Service.

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